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  • Sunday, January 05, 2014

    Thinking Ahead

    THE ORANGE STILLI
    Winter Trials
    just a lark - for now
     "ORANGE STILLI" : a favorite neighborhood still water fly.
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    .. It's a tough proposition to test a summer fly in the dead of winter. We've been grudgingly granted permission to tell you about this purpose-built fly.
    .. This is a backwater eddy, film-fished, pattern that demands frisky trout, warm days, still or slack water, and bright sun: rare indeed this time of year. It is fished with a long leader on a slack line and sinks slowly in the gyre produced in slack water whirlpools.
    .. The neighbor kids are busy tying these for the upcoming summer. Many are needed because many are lost. Many of the gyres that the local kids fish are seasonal phenomena and depend on rate of flow and water depth. They come and go with river conditions. Many are behind snags and sweepers with sunken limbs and branches. Some are shore-side features behind mini-headlands where debris and trout accumulate.
    .. Trout hang out in the slack water that is adjacent to the gyre and pick off tidbits of flotsam that slowly move about in the hydraulic "Lazy Susan."
    .. This fly is designed to take advantage of the rotating gyre. Very long tail fibers balance the puffy body and allow the fly to respond to the complex, (albeit it slow,) cross currents of each gyre. The kids are constantly experimenting with the various components of the fly. How much wire? How long the tails? How puffy the body? The current fly design is successful and beginning to become standardized.
    THE CURRENT SIMPLE RECIPE
    Hook: 10 - 14
    Thread: 6/0 black
    Tail: Pheasant tail fibers,
    Body: Orange Antron, (or wool.)
    Rib: red or copper colored wire
    Thorax: Tan Antron - combed out  puffy and trimmed
    Wing case: Pheasant tail fibers
    Head: thread
    .. All elements are variable, particularly the length of the tail fibers and the amount of copper wire.
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    WALLPAPER (Loaf #8): SIMPLE SOURDOUGH