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flyfisha1 05-11-2004 09:54 PM

If you had to pick one fly...
... as your overall favorite to fish, not necessarily because it's very effective, but merely because you enjoy fishing it for some reason, what fly would it be, and why?


Freshwater: Hoppers, because the hits are usually so furious.

Saltwater: Poppers, because the hits are usually so furious.


striblue 05-11-2004 10:17 PM

I am not positive, but didn't we go though this question about 2 months ago. (not the overrated fly one).

sinktip 05-11-2004 10:57 PM

Purple Hotpants tied spey style

flytyer 05-11-2004 11:16 PM

Toss up between a Night Dancer Spey and a Purple Ally's Shrimp.

Sharp Steelie 05-12-2004 01:26 AM

Thats easy; a simple little light pink fly that works on
just about everything that swims in rivers, lakes, and
bays. Just waiting to find out if it works in the salt/ocean

flyfisha1 05-12-2004 06:32 AM

John - I think we did one on over-rated patterns and another on easy-to-tie and effective patterns.

SDHflyfisher 05-12-2004 06:54 AM

i think john is right but not sure who started it or the topics tittle

royal wulff for brookies

ashbourn 05-12-2004 07:46 AM

I would have to go with one mf my Usuals. Caught my first fish, and the first fish this season on one of them.

flyfisha1 05-12-2004 07:56 AM

I wasn't so much interested in the fly alone, but also why or what about it made the pattern so enjoyable to fish.

striblue 05-12-2004 08:48 AM

I think it was the one "go to "fly thread...but it was just a comment ,nothing more.

flyfisha1 05-12-2004 08:51 AM

ahhh... okay, I must have missed that. Sorry for any redundancy...

sinktip 05-12-2004 03:58 PM

Why for my pic.

I chose the Hotpants tied spey style for the reasons it appeals to me. It is a fun fly to tie (if you are into dressing spey flies), I find the purple and red combination visually appealling, depending on size and approach it can be fished in the film or deeply sunk and most of all I have confidence in it. Plus I think it is a pretty and somewhat classy fly and I think it was Juro who said a few weeks ago, steelhead deserve better than to be caught on a crappy fly.


SDHflyfisher 05-12-2004 04:01 PM

i chose the royal wulff for brookies just because i love to fish dries espesially attractir dries and the royal wulff is my favorite and brookies just attack it

Sharp Steelie 05-12-2004 04:34 PM

Just curious - what is the definition of a "crappy fly".
In my opinion it is any fly that does not do what
it was intended to do - produce fish! What is the
definition of a "classy fly". In my opinion that is
any fly that someone created that does it's job -
and produces fish. What is the soul purpose of
a fly - hmmm, to catch fish. Interesting concept

flytyer 05-12-2004 04:56 PM

Sharp Steelie,

The definition of a "crappy fly" is easy. It is a fly that is pooly tied, poorly proportioned, overly bulky, falls apart quickly, tied on very poor quality hook, tied on the wrong style of hook for the style of fly, tied with poor quality materials, overly large head, etc.

My definition of "classy flies": beautifully tied spey, dee, and classic featherwing salmon flies (topping wing, married wing and strip wing) that are very effective fish catchers, which also make very nice artwork when tied and placed into a frame (I'm aware that I left out saltwater, trout, bass, pike flies in this illustration). In other words, the flies that require a high degree of tying skill and the use of high quaoity materials which are proportioned properly are "classy flies", everything else doesn't measure up

By my defintion, a "classy fly" is one that no one would be embarrassed to put in a frame and place on the wall of his living room for all to see. Yes, this definition leaves out flies like the gold ribbed hare's ear, grey hackle, brown hackle, girffith's gnat, grease liner, wooley bugger, most chenile bodied flies, and other flies that are usually taught in beginner fly tying classes. Because even if they catch fish, they are still fairly ugly and take very little skill to tie.

I am curious why a simple grey hackle style pink fly though because I have never found spring creek trout to be fond of things other than pretty close color and from matches. I also have never found northern pike or pickerel to be fond of anything but large streamer style flies in colors other than pink, and I have not found smallmouth or largemouth bass to be fond of small or pink flies either.

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