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Prawn and Shrimp imitations??

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Hey . . I'm curious. I've had a chance to look in our esteemed host's fly box a couple times and have noticed that he ties an especially innovative shrimp pattern (Sinktip - I sure one of these will be included in your dozen <g>).

Now to my question - do you fish 'em? Do you tie your own variations or stick to the standard patterns (General Practitioner, Squamish Poacher, Sauk River Shrimp, etc)?

I'm just curious, as I really like my black mariobou GPs (major confidence fly) and am currently experimenting with my own version of the Sauk River Shrimp with white yarn, salmon hackle, pink/white diamond braid.

Good Fishing!

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Just as an aside to both your comments - I agree with both, that mostly steelhead (especially winter) will take any hunk of stuff floating downriver if they're in the mood (assuming ideal presentation) and yet there is a *big* gap between the number of takers and the number of steelhead that actually see your fly. And I've heard enough stories to prove to me that, yes, there are also times when steelhead discriminate between what flies they'll hit and the rest they ignore.

As much as anything else, if I have confidence in a fly (or excitement about trying out a new promising pattern) I stay much more involved in it's journey downstream. I also find that flies I tie to imitate something ~natural~ are much more exciting for me to fish - maybe that's just a carry-over from my trout flyfishing roots?

Anyway . . . an informal Skagit clave is planned for mid March and I'll plan to get macro shots of a couple of Tyler's creations (I especially want a shot of The Chest Beast) if he's agreeable, as well as a pic of my own new tie.

Juro - this is actually much closer to your own prawn than it is to the Sauk River Shrimp. Tie in a tail of pinkish white maribou with 2 strands of bright orange (saltwater) krystal flash, then three segments of (1) pearlescent pink diamond braid (2) a thin clump of white yarn to provide a translucent cover for the braid and (3) 2 wraps of salmon pink hackle.

It looks frighteningly lifelike in the water - like it wants to crawl right up your boot!

Hope to post a trip report soon with one of them babies hanging out of a big chrome spring native's mouth!
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Wives and Son's innovative ties

Hey Sinktip,

Bet you'll be a proud daddy when you're able to catch a fish with one of your son's ties (that is if he doesn't beat you to it<g>)

Scott ODonnell, a Skagit river guide, once bragged to me that he'd taken a 20lb native from the Mixer just after we'd floated past him and his client on a cold April day a couple years ago. Caught it on a fly his wife had tied - "One of the butt-ugliest things you've ever seen on a hook!" as he put it.

He'd been showing her how to tie and had made the mistake of complimenting her first attempt.

She replied, "But you wouldn't fish it . . . WOULD YOU?????"

Backed into the proverbial corner, he boldly stated "Of course I would - in fact, it'll be the first fly I fish today!"
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I know Dec Hogan's made a lot of comments to this effect in recent years (publications). The upshot is that, while you can catch a steelhead on almost any hunk of foam or yarn, the Steelhead gives it his/her all in the fight and you should too -at the vice. He's also a big proponent of creative personal expression and innovation in his tying.

Juro - check out Ed's flies when you get the chance ('specially the Intruder). I hear a lot of the ideas Dec Hogan incorporates in his flies come from Ed! I'm sure you're tyin like crazy right now, and doing the Spey Shuffle in the halls! Only 1 more week and you'll be out here swinging those flies through familiar runs!
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