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#401 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 5:02:26 AM(UTC)
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Went out today and found my first fish over 18" of the 2019 season.

This 19" brown hit hard, but the stream was a bit cold to be consistent.

Shebs showing off his last year 24" brown mount today too. Damn fine specimen!

Happy fishing! The cold is looking to settle in.

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William Schlafer on 1/14/2019(UTC)
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#402 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 2:45:28 PM(UTC)
William Schlafer
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post

This ugly streamer was tied as kind of a joke with some friends right before Christmas. Our challenge was to make every fly that night in red and green. This is a Frick's Fix pattern that I call "The Christmas Goblin." It's a #8 60 degree Tiemco jig hook weighted by some brass Hareline dumbell eyes. Red maribou and rubber legs in the tail, throw in some crystal flash, ice green dubbing on the body, and then more rubber legs. It looks terrible, but I promised it would be my first fly of the season. I caught that one fish and then lost it to a darn tree behind me about 5 minutes later.


You should tie up a few more of those ASAP!

Big ugly streamers work because they trigger Trout aggressiveness to attack anything they see as a potential meal, or a threat to their territory. Show em something they've seen a thousand times before and they may just ignore it. Show em something they've never seen and I'm certain there's a big Brown Trout willing to attack it.

Yellow and Red are high contrast trigger colors that will naturally arouse the attention of Trout.

“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
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