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I've always been challenged by the idea of the "One-Fly" competition that's held every year. It has gotten me to the point where for the last two seasons, I've been toying with the idea of heading out for a day with only one fly type. I know the competition limits you to literally one fly, but I ain't talkin' about a money trip, just the challenge, so I'd be carrying a dozen.

 

So, to make this interesting...

 

 

...in order to survive, to feed yourself and your loved ones, you must catch fish. However, you may only have one (AND THE ROCK MEANS ONE!!) type of fly, in one pattern only. Don't ask me what conditions, don't say it depends on the conditions, you are not permitted any other option than to grab that fly/streamer and go!

 

Which one do you grab?

 

 

For me, it's a Black Wooly Bugger in size 10 with Pearl flashabou tied in. This is the one fly that has never failed to get me at least a 'Gill if nothing else. Winter thru Summer, lake, river and stream, it always produces.

 

(I was tempted to say my Notta Bugger, but despite it not failing me, I've only fished it for a year, so the jury is still out.)

 

One day this Summer, we're gonna hafta hold the first annual FTF One Fly tournament!

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One fly huh (first take that fly shine it up real good,turn it.....) laugh.gif hey you started the rock thing bud!

 

Sence you took the woolybugger mad.gif then i'd have to say a hares ear in a size 10. They are a very basic imitation that can imitate a great deal of insects in the nymphial stage so that would cover a great deal of flies for a great deal of species!

 

 

 

SD

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I have several but if I had to have one to cover me on streams and still water I think I'd grab a PTN. punk.gif

 

 

 

Jim

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If I need a fly that's gonna attract several different species, it would need to be something that imitates a baitfish. Regardless of the species, all big fish eat little fish. With all due respect to the previously mentioned nymphs, they are specialty flies and IMO have too narrow of a niche to be used as survival tools.

 

That being said, I too would have to opt for the wooly bugger. It imitates baitfish very well, but it can also imitate many other food forms. I think the pattern's appeal lies in that it doesn't represent anything specific, but it imitates many things in general. So even if a fish isn't actively seeking baitfish, this fly may be mistaken for another food item anyway.

 

And if we're discriminating fresh from salt, then my salty choice would be a clouser minnow. Same reason....big fish eat little fish. smile.gif

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size 12 Pheasant Tail....takes trout, panfish, the occassional bass, and even frogs....

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