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Old 03-06-2009, 05:01 PM
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I've caught salmon on everything from size 8 doubles to size 1/0 singles. On the Gaspé I've usually used 6 doubles and 4 doubles. Sometimes I'll go to 2 & 1 singles. I'll be interested to hear what David recommends.
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I have one of Charlie's ties of this pattern. Hesitant to fish it, I tied it on one day in the pacific northwest and it was just the ticket on summer steelhead. Still looks good.
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fly sizes

Hey Bill,

Although the Picasse was originally made to be fished very large, 2- 3/0, it evolved into a good small fly as well. I like to tie and use a single hook version of the fly as I think that most Spey type flies look and fish better on a single, however, that is just my personal opinion and I have absolutely no basis to go on other than what looks good to me!

The key to the Picasse is the spey hackle, which is usually Heron but can be substituted with other materials but the flies just do not end up looking the same. I use the very delicate hackles in natural black. These feathers flow incredibly well in the water.

Here is are the sizes I use and when I use them:

June - 1/0 2/0 even 3/0 if the water is super high. In lower water levels I will use a 2 or 4.

July - 2-4-6

August 6-8

September 6-4-2 early September and later I go back to the big uglies 1/0 and 2/0.

By the way, the Picasse looks really kick ass when tied on an Alec Jackson hook. Especially a silver one!!!

Remember, whenever it gets really cloudy or starts to rain, the first go to fly for the Gaspe is the Picasse! Well, at least it is MY go to fly. Then again, there are a ton of other good patterns to use so all I can say is fish what you have confidence in. After all it is not really the fly that makes the difference but the swing. Then again everyone knows that already - don't they??

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Howie!

Sorry man, did not see your post...

I really do not tie the fly on anything smaller than 6 or 8 because the spey hackles are a bit hard to find and to work with in the smaller sizes. Like I said, the Picasse was originally tied to be a big fly.

What is really cool about the fly is that you can use any color wing you want without changing the body mats or spey hackle. This offers you the ability to have several different color Picasse's!

Will respond to your email soon, however, you know when you fish with me this summer that your boxes will most likely stay shut!! LOL! We will most likely use my flies.


Best to you and Anneke!
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I really do not tie the fly on anything smaller than 6 or 8 because the spey hackles are a bit hard to find and to work with in the smaller sizes.
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Coot works beautifully on smaller flies. It's a great "small" Spey hackle.
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If anyone can point me towards a source for yellow Kid Goat hair it would be appreciated. Been looking for a long time with no luck.

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