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Here are some Brook Trout I caught on a #12 Red Clock north country spider.   I also was catching a lot of Herring between the Brooks.

 

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Thanks gents, fortunately we had some rain and it made a huge difference in flow.  The Fly is an old English classic and is a simple tie using a a pheasant neck feather.  At a size 12 with a really large, oversized hackle it's a giant compared to most of the offerings in my soft hackle fly box.   Friday was the first time I used one and the fish were absolutely crushing it- Surprising since the river I was fishing is notorious for "small flies only".  It floats like a cork and is clearly visible at a distance.  I'm thinking it should be effective on any water where terrestrials are available, it really looks like a dead spider once it gets wet.  Here's the link to Robert Smith's video. 

 

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Thanks for that vid. I have plenty of those feathers, will have to tie some up. 

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16 hours ago, Steeldrifter said:

Both you guys had some beautiful brookies! I'm jealous.

You have some beautiful Brookie water in Michigan.  Last year my wife and I fished the Platt in Honor and it was a Brook Trout heaven!  The funny part was that being June several home owners came out to tell us that the Steel Head were NOT running.  I think they thought we were confused or they didn't understand why we would bother chasing 10" Brookies.    There wasn't a soul on the river but us and we had a great time. 

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Very nice D. Pretty water and pretty fish and very nice fly. Is "herring" a local colloquialism for that fish?

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8 hours ago, Mark Knapp said:

Very nice D. Pretty water and pretty fish and very nice fly. Is "herring" a local colloquialism for that fish?

 A lot of people use the name "River Herring" but that actually can describe a few different species.  According to our Fish and Game web site they are Alewife or Blue Back Herring or possibly a small Shad. There are several species that require a more trained eye than mine to tell apart.  In our small local streams that I love to fish they don't get much larger than the one in my hand. They're a hard fighter for a small fish and are generally found in the same fast shallow current that Brook Trout and Fall fish are located.  A lot of fun on a light tackle.

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Here's a few little ones from Friday-  The flies were a Partridge & White biot, Elk Hair Caddis, Tail Water Assasin and a Stewarts Black Spider.

 

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Mostly smaller pond fish, yet quite fun on light flytackle.  Some on topwater, most on smaller nymphs, dumbbell jigs, and indy fishing along moss beds.  Occasionally worked a silicon worm (the green anemone kind from PetsSmart☺️) and picked up a few on it as well.  

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Curious little crappies as of late, not sure if they are natural Blacknosed or Magnolias.  It's a company pond, so they might have gone with the latter for avoiding overpopulation.  

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Nice fish Joe-  I spend a lot of time catching small fish on light tackle.  One of the best ways to spend time on the water IMO.

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