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Pickett PIn is a great example. Not a common fly, I doubt many of you have one. It is a great wet fly that is fished as a steamer too.

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Pickett PIn is a great example. Not a common fly, I doubt many of you have one. It is a great wet fly that is fished as a steamer too.

 

Actually, I do & agree with you! biggrin.png

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I have always (since I started fly fishing around 1980) liked "streamers" or bucktails in the Joe Brooks "Blonde" style. Can't say how many SMB, trout, crappies, walleye, and one of the two Atlantic Salmon I have ever caught came on them. The Clouser Deep Minnow style has largely replaced the Blonde style of bucktail, but they look and fish great.

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Joel, good post! Joe Brooks was a favorite writer of mine. When he was writing for Outdoor Life I read everything he wrote & learned a great deal from him as a result. I remember an article where he mentioned using a big Blonde pattern for trout in a western river. Something that just wasn't done in those days.

 

I've got a few in my fly boxes as well, especially the Platinum. smile.png

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I have been using Gartsides Marabou streamers for a number of years now. They are the most consistent streamer pattern I have used. I especially like the it with a cone head.

 

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It depends a lot on the water I'm fishing. If I'm blind fishing a river I'll start with a Clouser Deep minnow, but if I'm fishing a river where Stripers or Hybrid Stripers, or Musky or Pike are known to be common, I'll start with a "High-Tie" Polar Aire streamer in 2/0 or bigger.

 

In slower parts of the river I start with a Black or Olive Wooly Bugger.

In smaller streams (smaller around here; they would be considered rivers in some states) I like to start with either a Wooly Bugger or a Grey Ghost.

 

In lakes my first choice is usually a white Zonker in size 4.

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I still like the Matuka in various dark colors. I first fished one on the Yellowstone River in the park, just above buffalo ford, and my first fish was a 26" cutthroat. Most guys say they wouldn't bother to fish for cuts, but as for a fish that big, whats not to like!

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My favorites are anything with a zonker strip, the patterns are endless so you can't go wrong. But I am definitely tying a lot more craft fur streamers with a bucktail head to add some profile bulk and they are quickly becoming my go to flies for warmwater fishing

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For me I'd say the wooly bugger but I'm partial to it because it was the first fly that I learned,tied,and caught a fish with. I also like how there are so many variations with color and things you can add. It's just a good all around pattern in my mind for many fish from smallies to steelies. I mostly fish with streamers and nymphs right now and I'm hoping to expand to learning more dry flies and emergers and so forth. But I'll always keep a bugger in my box its a go to fly for me.

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Denny Rickards Seal Bugger and a brown marabou leech (Hal Jansen). The seal bugger is basically a wooly bugger with seal substitute dubbing for a body instead of chenille. When I do fish streamers, it's mostly lake fishing for trout.

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