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Old 03-29-2004, 10:08 AM
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Most overrated fly?

We constantly hear of what works in the way of fly patterns, and have our own experiences of success with certain types. But what in your experience is the most overrated fly? In other words, what fly is allegedly very good in a certain application but hasn't really done anything for you?

This question is for any type of flyfishing, for any species.
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:46 AM
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It has to be the Ali Shrimp after all it is just a simplified dressing of a general Practictioneer. Now when you get Yellow/red whatever Alis give me patience.
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:48 AM
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Any Fly tied By Dave Fix! ...Take it easy Dave...just kidding!
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:56 AM
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Hard foam or balsa poppers.
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:59 AM
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Any beetle pattern. Hoppers and ants are a different story...
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Old 03-29-2004, 11:23 AM
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Anything in saltwater with jungle cock.

The patented Teeny nymph.

Royal coachman.

Anything that has a person's name on it that the person himself coined. However, anything that has the persons name on it that others coined is usually under-rated.
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Old 03-29-2004, 11:42 AM
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Wink Juro beat me to the punch!

The patented Teeny nymph.

Royal coachman.

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Old 03-29-2004, 11:49 AM
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Now that I think of it I don't think I've caught anything on a Royal Coachman either.
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Old 03-29-2004, 11:52 AM
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"patented" Teeny Nymph...I love it :hehe:

Othwise known as a "pheasant tail" which has been around since the dawn of flyfishing and is one of the deadliest patterns in the book!
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Old 03-29-2004, 12:23 PM
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The Black Practitioner.

I have tied and lost hundreds and they have yet to produce!

In fact one summer day my wife was using an incredibly simple to tie Black Marabou Leech and I an exquisit example of a Black Practitioner. The summer run steelhead favoured the fly I could have tied with mittens on.

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Old 03-29-2004, 12:32 PM
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I've taken fish on a Royal Coachman streamer and Royal Coachman wet fly, but never on the dry version of it. That's definitely up there on my list.

I also have to list any deer hair bug that looks exactly like the prey it's supposed to imitate. If it's supposed to imitate a frog and looks like it just jumped off of a lily pad and into a flybin, it's almost useless in my book. I'll take impressionism over imitation any time with those patterns. Something that suggests life rather than painstakingly copying it.
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Agreed

Usually if name is associated by the creator, usually a dud. Except the Brad's Brat and the Al's special. Have caught steelhead on both. But agreed on the royal coachman. Have caught fish on it, but have had better success with other patterns.
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Any Fly tied By Dave Fix! ...Take it easy Dave...just kidding!
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