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Post 17 May 2021, 23:27 • #1 
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Today’s fly, the Smokejumper

Fairly simple tie with infinite variations. I do like using a wide gap barbless hook for this pattern. Always as a trailing fly with a dry. And I’ve started using them as a second fly to a weighted nymph with great results.



Great fly for panfish and trout.


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Post 18 May 2021, 08:17 • #2 
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This ridiculously simple baitfish pattern is ridiculously effective on the smallmouth around here....




Along with this ridiculously simple jigged stonefly pattern is ridiculously effective on trout



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Post 18 May 2021, 10:23 • #3 
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:like them all .I have similar easy ties but like to mix it up.


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Post 19 May 2021, 11:34 • #4 
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The Schminnow by Norm Zeiler - mainly "invented" to fish for Snook, but works great on Bass also.



Schminnows top three rows - differing weighted eyes


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Post 19 May 2021, 14:16 • #5 
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Here's "The Unicorn" made for my granddaughters in Scotland. The Unicorn in Scotland is the National Animal there. They just adore the Unicorn. It may not catch a trout but it sure caught my grand kids. :)




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Post 19 May 2021, 23:28 • #6 
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The Unicorn and the Schminnows are not something I’ve seen before. And I think The Unicorn could certainly attract trout. I’m thinking of an oversized tie for Bass.


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Post 20 May 2021, 11:25 • #7 
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Dumb looking but deadly on pickerel and pike


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Post 21 May 2021, 22:50 • #8 
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Tied a variation of the Stonefly Jig and it was very effective for targeting Pumkinseeds and Bluegill. No doubt it will be for trout too.


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Post 17 Nov 2021, 21:19 • #9 
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Crude but effective and has accounted for several double digit days on our Gunpowder River. Variations are dark in early season, medium in mid season, light in late season, shades of red in dead of winter.


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Post 17 Nov 2021, 23:13 • #10 
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Running Ape wrote:

Dumb looking but deadly on pickerel and pike


What materials did you use? I tied some similar flies ahead of a trip to Canada and didn't get to test them. Turns out they snarled and tangled so badly they were not fishable for many casts. (You know you're a lousy caster when you get casting knots in your flies!)


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Post 18 Nov 2021, 01:14 • #11 
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Mine is a mink tail nymph. Pond fish love it.

- Start with a lead weighted hook (the red thread indicates a weighted fly in my box).
- Clip a small pinch of fur and remove and align the guard hairs. Use the guard hairs to tie a tail.
- Spin some of the underfur onto the tying thread and dub the body of the fly.
- Twist some more underfur into a dubbing loop and form the leg portion of the fly.
- Tie off and finish the head.
- Pick out the fur in the thorax part of the fly.

Tom

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Post 18 Nov 2021, 12:42 • #12 
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Don’t have one of my own to show, but Todd’s Wiggle Minnow.

https://www.umpqua.com/todds-wiggle-minnow/

essentially a Rapala for a fly rod. Its totally cheating. But I have one beaten up wiggle minnow that has caught bass, pike, bowfin, brown trout, and steelhead all on that one fly. It’s missing an eye, is covered in tooth marks, and barely has any colour left, but it still works.


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Post 19 Nov 2021, 22:04 • #13 
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I'll add another to my two listed above...



2-3 wraps of eggstasy chenille. that's it.


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Post 04 Dec 2021, 12:50 • #14 
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- Start with a lead weighted hook (the red thread indicates a weighted fly in my box).

OH! like that. also i am a huge fan of flies that use fewer than 3 materials and this one certainly fills that bill. nice.


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Post 04 Dec 2021, 13:48 • #15 
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Hey Brockton
I don't consider the wiggle minnow cheating any more than
the small jigs that are common lures on a fly rod nowadays.
Especially when there hanging under a bobber.
I caught some fish on a miniature spoon a few weeks ago.
Now that might be pushing the limit.
I don't know,or care.


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Post 07 Dec 2021, 11:44 • #16 
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There are some that need no mention, like smaller pheasant tails and the like. These are some of my favorites that are more off the beaten path. I also do really well on Royal Wulffs, though I do mainly fish them for small stream trout where most things will work.

Parachute Pheasant tail, moose hair tail, pheasant body, 10s work great most of the summer.


Mercers missing link - I like them in brown, yellow and olive, 14s and 16s. I assume fish take them as caddis, but the yellow ones also work great in summertime when there are sulphurs, yellow sallies, and all kinds of other yellow bugs around. I think it looks like a bug in distress more than anything. floats well, you might even get away with a small unweighted dropper.


stealth bomber - this fly was given to me by the guys at the FishHawk in ATL. Great guys, grand warm water fly. I tie them now, the one in the photo is still in my box but is very ragged.


bead chain pheasant tail, tmc200r size 10. bluegill dynamite and the bass take it too.


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Post 08 Apr 2022, 07:49 • #17 
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Size 18 bead head miracle midge:
2mm gunmetal bead
Black thread wrap
White thread wrap on top
and 32-33 gauge copper wire ribbing

Highly effective in slow waters


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Post 08 Apr 2022, 07:53 • #18 
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Location: NJ
Size 14 pheasant tail nymph w/copper rib, no tail. Orange hotspot. Bead and jig hook.

Size 16 thread body, EP wing and tail.

Change the sizes of those two and you rarely need any others!


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Post 08 Apr 2022, 10:32 • #19 
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:like


All of them


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