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Fly2K Steelie Flies

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Before they get packed for hand delivery to Duggan, I thought I'd post some images of the prize flize from the first native of the millennium contest...

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6 summer, 6 winter flies

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Spey flies

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Bright and bold for deep and cold

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Maybe next year we could all chip in for the prize so the winner doesn't get stuck with just my junk!

Duggan - if some look familiar, Brian has "adopted" a few of my patterns like the rat, the prawn, the pupa, etc - and has done great things with them. Now I'll be copying his evolutions! It's sad that my own rate of experimentation and discovery in terms of fly patterns has come to a crawl after many years - largely due to a 3,000 mile relocation. I guess I should be thankful that during those intense years of steelheading I was fortunate enough to have the river reveal some of her secrets to me, in the form of giant searun trout and their connection to the subtleties of the river domain. I made every effort to personify these findings in my flies when I would get back to the vise. A small percentage of the time, I was even able to respond to the evidence! <img src="[/img]

Two summers ago I came up with a new topwater bug that put three steelhead on the line in less than four hours of fishing just before I returned to Boston. It's a blend of other designs, with a few unique twists aimed at the ubiquitous giant western sedge. I know coming up with a fly that works is no big deal, but the unique thing about this is that it was *after* I had moved to Boston. Made me feel like that part of me won't easily fade away. Geez I hope it's true!

Let's all extend a special congratulations to Duggan!
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Wow! Very nice assortment Juro. I am very pleased. Those spey patterns make me want to snarf them myself and the others have fishy written all over them. I look forward to seeing them and maybe swinging one or two in the morning. See you around 6:30!!!

I know I am very lucky and also know that I won't be fishing with his flies but keeping them to admire and use for creative inspiration. They are even prettier in person than in the photos. I will leave the full report to Juro, who as I type this is knee deep in some O.P. river chasing one of its huge natives. I will report though that Bill, Tyler, Brian, Juro and myself hit the Skykomish hard yesterday but found no steelhead to accept our offerings. A great day was had by all though.

When you get a moment, how about posting the recipe for the two prawn patterns from the Millenium Dozen. Unless those are proprietary, I would liek to try my hand at recreating a few.


By the way -- rivers coming back into shape and we are planning to hit 'em hard this weekend. Will be thinking of you.
Just re-read that and my "thinking of you" comment was not meant to be cruel. Actually was thinking of swimming a Juro prawn through a nice lie and then toasting its maker with a little single malt. If it makes you feel any better, the weather probably won't be over 65. God I do hate these frigid Spring days :)
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