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Mil Spec Nymph

Mil Spec Nymph

Thin to Win Mil Spec Nymphs "Now that was a cast," I privately assured myself as I landed my small PMD emerger about 7 feet in front of the fish that had been taunting me all day.  He was the guy that was telling his fish buddies "hey watch this," and he would rise very aggressively, and then stay subsurface for 15 minutes.  Little did he know, that I had a fresh dry fly itch, and it was going to get scratched that day.  This went on for about 40 minutes or so, and this fish had me right where he wanted me; frustrated, searching for exactly the right bug, casting hurriedly...  I had dry fly fever.  Curtis will attest that I change flies more than humanly necessary, and this trip was no exception.  On went a little curved shank bunny jobber, with all the right floaty parts in all the right places.  This bully of a fish lost that battle on the very cast that I had reassured myself that it was a good cast...  He was a brute.  All of 13" and he got a stern t

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Mil Spec Loop Wing Emerger - Mayfly

Mil Spec Loop Wing Emerger - Mayfly

More Ammo for Your Dry Fly Box This is another fly from the Mil Spec series that brings all the trout to the yard.  When I originally started tying this style of fly, I was using thread and wire to make the abdomen, dubbing for the thorax, and snowshoe hare's foot fibers for the wing.  This pattern is very similar in form, but I switched to all synthetic fibers because I could change the colors to match any mayfly that I was using, and I could tie it much faster.  The simplicity of this fly is kind of why I like it so much.  Not only does it do a great job of looking helpless on top of the water, I can also tie these in about 3 to 4 minutes each. When I fish this fly I really like to use a floatant that will bind itself to the materials that I use.  Loon Lochsa is really good at floating basically whatever you squeeze it onto, and Loon Payette Paste is kind of an unusual solid floatant that you can kind of mash into the thorax and wing of this fly to keep it riding high for

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Mil Spec Cripple - Mayfly Pattern

Mil Spec Cripple - Mayfly Pattern

Mayflies are Cheeseburgers* *If you listen to Pink Floyd while reading this post it will make more sense. Mil-Spec Baetis Cripple  Imagine if you had an addiction to cheeseburgers.  Any time cheeseburgers were available you went out of your way to eat as many as possible, and not only are you addicted to cheeseburgers, but everyone around you was also addicted to cheeseburgers - I know, it sounds like a Fly Fish Food staff meeting.  (Ok, I love writing this post so far...)  Now imagine that cheeseburgers grew legs and were only in a certain spot for a short period of time before running away from you.  You know what I'm thinking - chase the cheeseburgers with sprained ankles and torn ACLs.  Same delicious cheeseburger, less running around.  Mayflies are cheeseburgers for trout. Now that you have imagined cheeseburgers with tangible limbs, we'll talk a little bit about mayflies and the laziness of trout.  Trout, much like my children, work as little as possible

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