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Old 11-21-2001, 03:59 PM
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What is the universal fly?

Just curious. If you were to pick a fly to 'represent' flyfishing as a general global symbol, what fly would you pick?
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Old 11-21-2001, 04:08 PM
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Something in the Classic Salmon realm.
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Old 11-21-2001, 04:39 PM
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I am sure the royal coachman is probably the most recognized fly though I seem to have misplaced the scientific data to support my claim.
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Old 11-21-2001, 04:58 PM
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I would vote for a classic dry fly like an adams,royal wulff, etc or an atlantic salmon pattern.

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Old 11-21-2001, 05:04 PM
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Royal or Gray Wulff in honor of Lee Wulffs many innovative
contibutions to fly fishing.

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Old 11-21-2001, 05:28 PM
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Hi
I would have to go for a Classic Atlantic pattern.

Dusty Miller, Jock Scott.

For a modern fly perhaps a Willie Gunn!!

What fly are you using in the top of the messages ?
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Old 11-21-2001, 06:33 PM
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I would say the Royal Coachman (used in survival packs for US military.. I undestand) for freshwater, and Lefty's Deceiver for saltwater
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Old 11-21-2001, 07:26 PM
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The mega nymph.

I tie an enlarged (4x long) nymph that sports six knee-joint tied legs and has a blend of all colours dubbed in the body. It catches fish when all else fails. I won a fly tying award for it in 1982 and have been using the pattern ever since.
From tip to tail it's roughly 3.5 inches long.
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Blue Charm, of Atlantic/Scottish fame
Royal Coachman, of world renown
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Old 11-21-2001, 09:25 PM
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I'll suggest something different here the wooly bugger.
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Old 11-21-2001, 10:02 PM
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For me it would have to be one of the older trout patterns to qualify as trully Universal. I vote for the Partridge and Orange.

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My choice for overall results is the Hornberg. Fish it dry-fish it wet, upstream, dead drift across and down. I've had every manner of fish smash this fly. If it meant eating or starving this one is a must have.
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Old 11-22-2001, 10:50 AM
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Happy Thanksgiving all!

Actually. I was polling opinions to decide what pattern I should draw for the little fly icon. That fly started as a simple green butt skunk as a test. The wing didn't show up in white so I added a little A/S fly fanfare to it and a jungle cock eye.

I think we all agree, the jumping fish is OK although as I come up with different species we'll circulate them on occasion.

Maybe that's the way to handle the fly icon too?
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I have a late entry- the Muddler Minnow. It's used all around the world and can be fished wet or dry for numerous species.
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Old 11-27-2001, 12:27 AM
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Re: Ur Fly

Jock Scott -- high art that catches fish. Everyone can appreciate it; it catches trout very well swum as a wet.

The stripers and bonito guys and gals probably won't dig it, though.

Anyway, that's my vote.

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