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First brook trout trip of the season

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On Friday, the water and weather finally started giving us a break and Mac and I got out to visit a great brook trout river we know.  The water was high, so we could not fish all the runs we wanted to. Nor could we fish the remainder as well as we liked, but we still managed to eke out eight nice brook trout, seven of which were between 13 and 17 inches. I lost a couple, including one that would have been substantially larger. Of the fish we caught, seven were on a size 10 Copper John and one was on...

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Beadhead prince nymphs

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I'm not sure why this unlikely looking nymph catches fish but, boy, does it ever. This is the beadhead prince nymph and it's a must have fly in any nymph box. I tied this one in size 12 and its one of a dozen I'm tying for the stock I'm accumulating for the shop. The recipe is: Hook: nymph hook from size 8 to 14 or even smaller. Bead: Gold to suit hook size Thread: Red 8/0 or finer Tail: Brown goose biots Ribbing: Gold wire or tinsel to suit hook size Body: Peacock herl Hackle: Brown hen or rooster...

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Flashabou-ribbed hare's ear

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The Pheasant Tail Nymph

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The photo above shows one of the most successful nymph patterns ever created, the pheasant tail nymph.The venerable pattern was developed by English river keeper Frank Sawyer. This is a North American version of it, which has refinements such as legs and a thorax made of peacock herl. The original had a copper wire thorax and no legs. The one pictured above is in size 12 and tied by yours truly. It's not textbook perfect but it will certainly catch fish all day long.  Affectionately known by fly anglers as the PT nymph, these flies are relatively easy to tie and...

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Joe Brook's Skunk hair caddis (moose hair variant)

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Here is another proven caddis pattern sent to us by customer Mark A. He has substituted moose mane for skunk hair on the Skunk Hair Caddis pattern made famous by the late, great Joe Brook's. It's another really nice tie.   The original recipe is as follows: Hook: Size 6 to 10, nymph hook 2X long. Thread: Black. (Brooks used 2/0 but 6/0 is quite acceptable too.) Body: Black or blackish portion of skunk tail hair. (Mark put moose mane to good use.)  Rib: copper wire Hackle: black Dubbing: Not in original pattern, but Mark ties in a ball of white antron (I...

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