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how should i fish the following flies : woolly booger,sand juan worm,cracklebacks,and nymphs.. i fly fish constantly in my back yard " 1-2 acre pond with bass and bluegill .. how ever u fish the flys they will take them. so little new with the presentation for trout. i have cought about 3 on a fly rod at montauk .. but tht was a year ago when i didnt no nothin about fly fishing for trout.

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My camera $ucks so I will see if a freind can take a picture of the buckskin to post.

Other wise, I start the white thread in the middle of the shank, work back to the bend, spin it, then work forward. So there is a slight tamper (but hard to see). It is fished as my second (dropper) nymph 85% of the time close to the bottom but if the tricos are in the air, I like to see it about 1' below the surface.

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Woolybugger or Mohair leech - Should be pretty heavily wheighted, to get it down near the bottom. Usually fished as a streamer, cast across a little downstream, allow the current to swing it, strip a few inches of line once in a while to give it action. Can also be fished dead drifed like a nymph with a bigger float indicator.

San Juan worm - usually need to add shot or other weight to the line. Usually fished dead drifted with an indicator. Cast up and across let drift by you and down.

Cracklebacks - these are a hybrid wet/dry usually. Most luck as a wet. You can cast up and across and let float to you, when it's a bit down from you, pull it under the surface film and fish it like a wet fly - let the current take it and swing it. I usually just skip the dry part and fish it wet

Nymphs - usually dead drifted under an indicator. Usually need to be pretty close to the bottom, so if they're not weighted, add some, and cast a good bit up from where you want it to end up, so it has time to sink. Zebras usually go unweighted and fished dead drifted.

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I'll second 3wt's description of all. The only thing is to keep the rod tip about 1-2' off of the water when swinging flies, so that there is a belly of line to absorb the shock of hard strikes (common with wooly buggers, but I don't know about cracklebacks).

Try the streamers where there is 2-3' or more of water, and it is still moving fast.

The only other advice that I can give is to get a pair of polarized sunglasses. They help a lot when trying to spot fish, and are sold at walmart for about $10 (some are $20-$25).


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Ive seen so people say use shot... but What I do with a SJW is however many flies your going to tie pull out that many beads thread them on the Micro Chenille and just thread the bead on on the hook then tie the chenille down then snip it to the desired length and burn tha ends of it. Thats my way around shot! lol

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I like your idea zach. I hate adding weight, but soft weight makes it easier. I tried to underweight a San Juan once, but it took a long time to cover the lead with thread...for a fly that probably lasted 3 fish...fish tend to tear them up fast.

Good idea Kayser, I have had TOO MANY fish break off fishing on the swing. Cracklebacks and softhackles are the worst...nothing, nothing, nothing, huge quick jerk, nothing........

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Fly fishing outside the park can be an incredible experiance. I love to fish it all year, but in mid summer if you are in the water at day break and have some dries #22 or smaller you will have a blast. #24 griffis nat is my choice. can be a real bear to try if you not used to tying that small. After they stop rising I usually turn to a fox squirl nymph #16 OR #18.

I always wear cammo or dark close when fishing down there. if your carful and go slow you can walk up in sight fishing distance of some real monster browns. Some double digit fish and many above 5Lbs.

If fishing in the park try walking from the bridge above the campground to the end of the park, you would be suprised what most fisherman just walk by. always look at the fish's tail. if heavily forked ,not a brown but a big sucker. I have waisted a few hours fishing for Huge suckers. The browns tail will be very square or even rounded out.

Good luck, walk slow and check every rock, rootwad, and under cut bank. he's in there.

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On 9/30/2007 at 3:46 PM, trouthunter777 said:

what are some simple flies to tie that are affective.. im 15 and iv been tieing flys for only about a year or two.


also i must add is it worth going down current river "out of the state park" and look for the lunkers?




going down october 9-12

Frenchie .... san Juan worm.... scud are best for numbers . I have switched to streamer fishing now and found it is where the big fish come alive. Good luck 

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