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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2011

    "DRY FLIES" for the mud

    QUICK AND DIRTY
    Throw The Rejects
    light colors work best
    THERE'S A FLY IN MY EYE
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    The road to high water success
    .. Gawd that's an ugly fly. Wasted a hook on that poor effort! Fingers get fatter and tremble more with age. Give those things to the trash. Put 'em in the reject jar. And so it goes.
    .. During every fly tying session there's a fly or two, (in our case many more,) that don't quite make the grade. The proportions are wrong, there are too many fibers in the tail, the hackle is poor, the head is ugly, etc. etc.
    .. Most of us either salvage the hooks and do it again, (hopefully better,) or put them in the "reject jar." These flies are just plain ugly. Well, a couple of the crusty neighbors have devised a way to use the rejected flies. In fact two of the old farts actually claim to tie ugly flies on purpose. We nod, smile, and for the sake of civility pretend to believe them.
    A once proud dry fly
    .. The flies are used as drowned morsels during the high water phase of our rivers, (right now.)
    .. Preparation is critical. The flies are rolled and squashed between the fingers and the hackle is well-mussed up and bent.
    .. Sometimes the body rolls and the damn thing looks not unlike so much lint from the umbilicus of an orangutan.
    .. No flotant is used and the fly is flung with a hope and a prayer into the fishy places of our high water rivers.
    .. Fish eat them. Fish eat them with surprising regularity. Fish eat them with gay abandon and gusto.
    .. We're not advocating that you lose your hard won tying skills; no way, no how! But on that rare occasion when you mess up a fly we suggest that it may be a diamond in the rough. Choose it, use it, lose it - so what? It just may catch a fish that couldn't see the pretty fly.
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    .. With the Firehole River going more than 400 cfs above it's previous record for this day we suggest that a mud fly is appropriate.
    .. Don't even think about the Gibbon River it's now way out of bank and flowing at 700 cfs above it's previous record for today.
    .. Even the Madison River is flowing at 100 cfs above it's previous record for today. These record flows are going to curtail catching by all but the most savvy, (or lucky,) anglers.
    .. Mud flies are in. They work if you can find where the fish are hiding from the current and the dark brown water.
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    UGLY GRAPHS BELOW
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    VIEW OVER A GREAT FISHING HOLE
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