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Old 03-29-2004, 02:32 PM
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Easy to tie and effective?

Along the lines of Mark's recent thread on overrated flies...

http://www.flyfishingforum.com/flyta...threadid=15327

What would you say the most effective and easiest to tie fly is? In other words, tell us in your experience what fly gives you the biggest return for the amount of time it takes to tie.

My vote goes with a clouser.
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Old 03-29-2004, 02:48 PM
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Have to agree on the clouser.

For freshwater, my vote goes to the wolly bugger.
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Old 03-29-2004, 03:00 PM
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I was going to give the clouser a vote too, but having recently "discovered" it, I have to go with Joe Brook's Blonde in various color combos - esp Ray's Fly.
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Old 03-29-2004, 06:31 PM
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Saltwater: Estaz bugger.

Marabou tail, estaz wrapped up the shank. Glue on eyes if you feel guilty because it only took a minute to tie.

Freshwater trout: Grey softhackle. Tied wet, but can be fished dry in the film.
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Old 03-30-2004, 12:25 AM
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Wingless wet flies tied either with or without a tail. Use salmon irons for steelhead and trout hooks for trout and smallmouth.

For streamer, Jack Gartside's Marabou streamer. The body is either silver or gold tinsel, wrap a marabou feather of whatever color strikes you fancy as a hackle/wing, and finish with a couple wraps of mallard flank (natural or dyed). You can add eyes to it if you want; but it works fine without them. The same basic design is used for the Marabou Spiders (Alaskabous) of the PNW.

For nymphs, G.R. Hare's Ear without a wing case or hackle, a Red Fox Squirrel Nymph, or Pheasant Tail. Tie them in whatever color, size you wish and go catch fish.
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For trout: peacock nymph: Lead wire, peacock herl body ribbed with the black tying thread. No hackle, no wing, no tail.

Mink Nymph: mink dubbing, including guard hairs over weighted or unweighted body. Pick out the guard hairs. If you want to get fancy, wrap a couple of turns of tan partridge as a hackle.

Saltwater: Clousers are good but do take time... so go with a Dart: full, long marabou tail, wrapped body, conehead. You pick the colors and body material.

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Old 03-30-2004, 10:24 AM
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Tough Choice.

There are so many. For salmon, Knudson's Spider with color variation.

For trout, a Brown Hackle. N I
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pink squirrel (Wisconsin fly)it's a nymph
woolly bugger
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Fresh water - grifiths gnat.
Salt - Ray's fly is right up there in productivity but I have to second the estaz bugger it's a real easy tie and it was a killer this last fall.
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And the rabbit wins the race

This is an uncomfirmed guess, but since the emphasis here is on quick-and-easy tying combined with effectiveness, I'd bet on a streamer/leach tied with crosscutt rabbit strip. It's an impressionistic undulator that should attract fishy attention just about anywhere. A few different colors, a few different hook sizes and lengths, and the fishy world awaits.
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trout elk hair caddis.
Salt Clouser and Ray's fly. Out West the easily tied flies are called Guide flies and for a reason. The guide wants and effective fly that he can bang out the night before he takes his sports out .
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Freshwater- Marabou leech.....it's just what the name implies and will catch anything that can fit it in its mouth.

Saltwater- Clouser minnow....if your materials are set up in advance for bulk tying, these flies should take less than four or five minutes apiece to tie, and they will catch just about anything.
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I just thought of another one for freshwater, trout in particular. The San Juan worm. A pattern doesn't get much easier than that, and I've had good results with them.
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the san juan reminded me of perhaps the easiest of all...although you could debate weather it's a "fly".

the glue gun egg - drop of pink hot glue on hook - dip in H20. couldn't be much easier than that...no thread!
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That approach seems a bit too boring, though. What's the fun of fly tying if no tying is needed?
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