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MNTrout68  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, July 5, 2017 8:18:40 AM(UTC)
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The other day I found an old fly in my vest that I purchased at the National Trout Center in Preston in 2013. I had never used it - in fact I only bought it, along with a handful of others, because I wanted to leave some $$ at the NTC in return for the stream advice they gave on what was my first Driftless trip. I remember the guy told me it had been tied by a local guy with a ton of experience and success on those waters. Then this past Monday, after no luck prospecting with a pink squirrel, I remembered this fly's local provenance and gave it a shot. Long story short, it was immediately effective and impressively so.

So of course I lost it and its twin on a rock and then in a fish's mouth within about an hour.

So what was this fly?

Here is the description, as best I can remember:

Nymph, no bead head
~ size 14-16 nymph hook
black body tied fairly slim
no tail
wide silvery tinsel wound up the body
may have been a wire wrap under the tinsel too
black soft hackle that extended well past the hook bend - maybe 2x as long as the shank.(This was the most distinctive feature.)

This fly, with some weight about 12 inches up the tippet, produced a lot of hits when fished along the bottom of a relatively swift riffle. It pulled fish out of the same water that I had flogged with a pink squirrel just minutes earlier. I would love to tie a few, and I'll try from memory, but it would be great to see some examples if possible. Trouble is, I don't know what to search for.

Any help?

Thanks!


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mbchilton  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, July 5, 2017 8:33:43 AM(UTC)
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griffiths gnat?
MNTrout68  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, July 5, 2017 9:02:07 AM(UTC)
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No - the hackle wasn't palmered through the body. It was all tied at the head, and it was long soft hackle, so it probably had great movement in the water.
NDFlatlander  
#4 Posted : Thursday, July 6, 2017 5:15:24 AM(UTC)
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Probably some variation of a spider soft hackle. Fairly simple, but very effective flies. Many variations out there.
MyLeakyWaders  
#5 Posted : Thursday, July 6, 2017 6:53:34 AM(UTC)
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yeah. I agree. Just do an image search for partridge soft hackle, and I'm sure you'll find a variation fitting your mind's eye. Could throw a couple tail fibers on there for a caddis larva.
JGF  
#6 Posted : Thursday, July 6, 2017 7:34:24 AM(UTC)
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Maybe the "Black Wet Fly"?

http://3brothersflies.com/2014/04/26/top-flies-for-driftless-area-trout-guides-fly-shop-owners-and-trout-bums-pick-their-favorite-patterns-for-driftless-spring-creeks/

http://www.mntu.org/flies/BlackWetFly.php

Edit: looking at the OP, it looks like it is NOT the Black Wet Fly but something different.

Edited by user Thursday, July 6, 2017 7:35:22 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

MNTrout68  
#7 Posted : Friday, July 7, 2017 7:38:52 PM(UTC)
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Here's my best recollection of the fly. The original was obviously better tied than this, but this is what it looked like:

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