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What can I tie with this?

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So I have recently taken up fly-fishing/tying again after my lengthy suspension on my license (long story) and was looking through my materials and was wondering what in the world I could tie with this stuff. I want to use some of it up before I go out and buy some more, which might take awhile because when I first started I bought a ridiculous amount of EVERYTHING. I usually tie dry flies and have used up most of my #10 dry fly hooks and now I have an assortment of nymph hooks and #12 and smaller dry and wet hooks. Since it being winter(ish) here in northern Ohio, I was wanting to tie some flies that would catch the attention of some steelhead or brown trout in the Cuyahoga River. Here is my materials:

 

Chenille( in a wide variety of colors and material make)

Dubbing (every color imaginable)

Shlappen (Brown and I think one or two neon colors)

Deer Hide

Elk Hide

Bear Hide

Peacock

A load of marabou in a variety of colors

Tons of beads

and a bunch of miscellaneous material from a grab bag made of stuff no one was buying

 

Any tips or tricks or patterns would be quite helpful. Thanks!

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I don't see any Pheasant tail, or hackle in your list. With peacock herl, brown hackle, and some pheasant tail fiber, you can make a full back. Or use the chenille, hackle and pheasant tail fibers for a springs wiggler. I have caught Steelhead on both, but I think you might need some larger hooks.

 

 

 

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A small woolly bugger with a body of peacock herl (I assume that's what you meant when you said you had peacock), the brown schlappen and marabou will catch trout and steelhead. Likewise any number of other color combinations on a bugger using the chenille, schlappen and marabou.

 

If any of your dubbing is a nice caddis green, you could make some caddis larvae on your nymph hooks with the green dubbing for a body and peacock herl or dark brown dubbing for the head. That's a standard pattern for Great Lakes steelhead.

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Deer hair poppers

 

Emergers

 

Wet flies

 

Streamers

 

Devil bugs

 

Nymphs

 

Etc

 

Be creative. Experiment

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Zug bugs with the herl, not sure what you have for miscellaneous materials to complete it. Just a bead head, tie in the herl for a tail, and wrap the herl forward and tie it off behind the bead, if nothing else.

 

Green weenie.

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Looks like you have plenty of brown in various materials. One thing I have read and what I tell people that are new to fly fishing. Every fish, regardless of species, fresh or salt water, rivers, creeks, pond or lakes. They will eat something that is brown and about 5/8 of an inch long.

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