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Again, thanks for the tips and infomation. I have a little more confidence in this fly. I reduced the amount of material and paid attention to where and how I tied in, still room for improvement but heading in the right direction. I can easily see you could also put the dam to use. I haven't tried tying wings on anything, and come spring I'm going to fish still water Trout ponds and lakes, so I thought I try some of the classic patterns. So far I've attempted the, Dark Montreal, Grizzly King, Doc Spratley, "Picket Pin", Spruce Fly, and the Alexandra. I had to substitute here and there ie did not have badger for the spruce.

 

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Again, thanks for the tips and infomation. I have a little more confidence in this fly. I reduced the amount of material and paid attention to where and how I tied in, still room for improvement but heading in the right direction. I can easily see you could also put the dam to use. I haven't tried tying wings on anything, and come spring I'm going to fish still water Trout ponds and lakes, so I thought I try some of the classic patterns. So far I've attempted the, Dark Montreal, Grizzly King, Doc Spratley, "Picket Pin", Spruce Fly, and the Alexandra. I had to substitute here and there ie did not have badger for the spruce.

 

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I don't know where you will be still water trout fishing but at some point during the spring in most trout waters will be chironamid hatches. i was catching rainbows this spring on the emergers, they are much more prolific at catching trout than the dry ever was. Kaufmans Chironamid pattern is a good one. Over seas they like Buzzers. We were catching both rainbows and browns on small Hornbergs as well, another staple fly on trout ponds everywhere. Where are your Woolie buggers ? You're gonna need Woollie Buggers but you have all winter to tie them. The Picket Pin should be pretty good too. Another good still water pattern is Peacock and Hen. Try all that you tied as well of course but these are pretty standard patterns for still water all over.

 

FWIW, the Grizzly King Wet fly is the first wet fly I ever tied. Didn't do too hot on trout with that, so I did the Leadwing Coachman next and two years in a row running it got me tagged trout in a particular pond. Eventually I switched over to the Peacock and Hen in it's place though, very simple soft hackle fly to tie but very effective in still and moving water. You will probaby find the name under Peacock and Partridge, I swapped out the Partridge/Grouse hackle for natural hen.

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