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trapper  
#1 Posted : Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:35:56 PM(UTC)
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#2 Posted : Monday, March 6, 2017 9:54:31 AM(UTC)
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I love using cracklebacks. One of my go to flys. I love making them too.



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"... trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience." -- John Voelker (aka Robert Traver), Testament of a Fisherman
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#3 Posted : Monday, March 6, 2017 9:55:51 AM(UTC)
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Sorry for the pictures being so big. 1st time posting with pictures. I will have to crop the next ones down.
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#4 Posted : Monday, March 6, 2017 10:00:31 AM(UTC)
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Pardon my ignorance, but is this a Midge pattern - similar to a Griffiths Gnat? I confess this is the first time I've seen or heard of these.


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#5 Posted : Monday, March 6, 2017 10:51:57 AM(UTC)
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William, yes right along those lines, midge pattern, Griffiths Gnat, maybe even a emerging caddis. You can really get creative with different color bodies and hackle. The fly was originally devolved by Ed Story of Feather-Craft. I have had times when I come across a deeper hole I will put on sinking line and fish it deep. I do very well on it. I included a youtube video for you.


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"... trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience." -- John Voelker (aka Robert Traver), Testament of a Fisherman
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#6 Posted : Monday, March 6, 2017 11:11:46 AM(UTC)
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#10WOOLY wrote:
William, yes right along those lines, midge pattern, Griffiths Gnat, maybe even a emerging caddis. You can really get creative with different color bodies and hackle. The fly was originally devolved by Ed Story of Feather-Craft. I have had times when I come across a deeper hole I will put on sinking line and fish it deep. I do very well on it. I included a youtube video for you.





Cool! I've tied some Griffiths Gnats in the past, but I've rarely fished them. I like the way these look and will tie some up. I like your idea of submerging the fly. I do that all the time with Hoppers and Cranefly patterns with great success.


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#7 Posted : Monday, March 6, 2017 2:44:22 PM(UTC)
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William Schlafer wrote:
Pardon my ignorance, but is this a Midge pattern - similar to a Griffiths Gnat? I confess this is the first time I've seen or heard of these.


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Fish fly with floatant-killer caddis

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#8 Posted : Monday, March 6, 2017 3:41:34 PM(UTC)
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trapper wrote:
William Schlafer wrote:
Pardon my ignorance, but is this a Midge pattern - similar to a Griffiths Gnat? I confess this is the first time I've seen or heard of these.


-Bill


Fish fly with floatant-killer caddis



that's what I've always used them for. late season caddis
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#9 Posted : Monday, March 6, 2017 6:43:31 PM(UTC)
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These and even just a standard Griffiths gnat in larger sizes than those typically tied for midges work surprisingly well for many hatches. Skitter or skate them across the surface and you might be pleasantly surprised.
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#10 Posted : Monday, March 13, 2017 5:17:11 PM(UTC)
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Took a crack (pardon the pun) at tying a few of these myself. Size 14, the minimum my eyes can allow me to tie.

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I used red tinsel for the body wrap. I think the would've turned out better if I used something a little bulkier to give the body a bit more of a hump. Maybe use a few more Peacock Hurls too for more definition. Might use a dun hackle instead of Grizzly next time too. We'll see how these fish the next time the Midges are popping.


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