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weiliwen  
#1 Posted : Sunday, March 11, 2018 2:53:20 PM(UTC)
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I read an interesting article about Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, and how for a year, he used a single fly - a variation of a pheasant tail nymph (Lessons From a Simple Fly) - and used it exclusively in various sizes for all sorts of fish all around the world.

It got me thinking about doing that in our little corner of the world. I dare say I could survive on a pink squirrel the whole season, and I wonder if our spinner brethren could do so with a Panther Martin of one color as well. Part of the fun of fishing, for me, is changing things up, so I don't know if I have the patience for such an endeavor. However, last week, I caught over 20 fish and about 15 came on a PS, including my biggest one (second biggest was on a Mickey Finn).

What fly or spinner would you use in the area, if you had a single choice?

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Zugbug  
#2 Posted : Sunday, March 11, 2018 4:24:09 PM(UTC)
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There is nothing that's more fun than hoppers, although it sure would limit your season. However, Hank Patterson might disagree.
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#3 Posted : Sunday, March 11, 2018 4:42:14 PM(UTC)
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Fly: Olive Wooly Bugger

Spinner: PM #6 Gold


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William Schlafer  
#4 Posted : Sunday, March 11, 2018 5:02:25 PM(UTC)
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One fly: easy choice, Pink Squirrel. It simply catches fish all season long, in all conditions. However, once summer rolls around, my favorite are hoppers. Nothing more exciting than watching a Trout charge out from under a bank and hammering that bug!

Spinners: never use em. I'd go with whatever Randy and Gurth say.


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#5 Posted : Monday, March 12, 2018 1:39:26 AM(UTC)
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I'll mostly agree with Stan on this one. For a spinner, #6 PM. I'll go slightly different for the fly and go with an olive leech instead of the bugger.

As I gear up for the 1Fly event in Viroqua at the end of the month, I'm planning on an olive leech. Probably a size 8.
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Gurth  
#6 Posted : Monday, March 12, 2018 1:48:10 AM(UTC)
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Down in these parts, the black bodied with yellow spots and gold blade seems to work most of the time - but especially in the colder months and early fall.

I believe that spring and summer transitions to a silver blade and I also believe that brookies respond more consistently to silver.

And then there are days when they just aren'y biting at all and I try black out of final desperation and all of a sudden, it's on.


If I had to pick just one... the first one. ^

I live in (mostly) brown trout country and they like that one.


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shebs  
#7 Posted : Monday, March 12, 2018 1:56:14 AM(UTC)
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#6 PM, hammered gold blade, black with yellow dots. I'd say #9, but early season and small water calls for smaller spinners. Come May, it's all 9s and 15s, but if I had to use one all year long, I'd go 6.

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#8 Posted : Monday, March 12, 2018 2:12:55 AM(UTC)
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If I have to pick a size too... #4. I fish a lot of skinny water and I can let it sink if need be in deeper water.

I've caught some of my largest trout on #4's.


Shebs... you seriously use 15s in streams. I have some, but haven't used them much and haven't caught anything when I did.
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ozzyky  
#9 Posted : Monday, March 12, 2018 2:13:22 AM(UTC)
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00 mepps w/ my 5’ ultralight on 2 lb test.
shebs  
#10 Posted : Monday, March 12, 2018 2:32:33 AM(UTC)
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If I have to pick a size too... #4. I fish a lot of skinny water and I can let it sink if need be in deeper water.

I've caught some of my largest trout on #4's.


Shebs... you seriously use 15s in streams. I have some, but haven't used them much and haven't caught anything when I did.


All summer long! 4" brookies will still smash em. 17" brookies really love em lol

To be fair, most of the ones I use are re-builds. I cut em and make them with a heavier wire and a smaller hook. The giant hook that comes on them snags every stick in the river, but a size 6 or so beefy treble makes the perfect lure imo.

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