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Alright "someone" has to have "something" new to add here. Jeez I know it's cold out but? The more fly tying I do and after trying to perfect several different patterns that all look like road kill, I tend to find a favorite and thats all I tie. For example with dry flies, I'm pretty much just into tying parachutes, adams or BWO in 12's and 16's and thats it. I don't mess with any other methods of tying. Am I alone here? Yeah, I'll throw in a little of this and a little of that, but once I find something I like I'm pretty much done with anything else.
 

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Too many tricks

I'm kind of the other extreme. I've got to tie EVERYTHING. I don't tie anything more than one sitting in a row unless I'm tying for somebody else and need to get some volume done. Right now I'm tying an assortment of steelhead flies that I'm donating for the local Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet. After that I'll finish off my own steelhead supply then start my trout flies. If I have any "pet flies" I like to take a little extra time to tie some extended body drakes and hex's for the summer. I really like to fish them.
 

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Yeah I'll usually tie enough for just one session and boardum sets in - that's it. At one time I'd tie a lot of neat flys only to realize later they were not what I wanted (too big, too small, wrong color). I've fly fished for 4-6 years and I still don't know what the heck I'm doing. Dispite the current trend to chuck out big streamers for browns, I've really been into fishing with a 3 wt. using nymphs and wet flies. If I can't make it to the trout stream (Mad or Brookville), the blue Gill will like them just as well.
 

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Well....I'm ready for the invasion of the hendricksons...just waiting now. Got everything tied from piss pink fox, to red quill, egg laying, in catskill, thorax, parachute, hackle stacker, and various other incarnations. I could probibly dump my fly boxes into the water and create a hatch if i wanted to get the fish movin.

I've got plenty of blue quills too, and BWOs....guess I could move on to the next hatch. Tied up a dozen of my fav CDC and Deer caddis last night. I can't even think of anything else to tie up for steelhead. I spent about a week tying up every marabou, spey hackle, and bunny strip combination thinkable. Eggs out the ying yang. Got so into tying eggs I've got them down to size 16. Got nearly as many wooly buggers as egg patterns. I don't know how I'm ever goin to dent the mass of flies I've accumulated this winter. I found myself buying up hoards of new fly boxes to hold them. I haven't even mentioned the largest part of my menagerie, the nymphs.

The funny thing is, I just can't stop tying. There's nothing else to do. As for big streamers for big browns....I'm driving the wagon for that school. I caught more big trout out of the mad river this fall than in all years combined. Caught my first 20" fish of this year a few weeks ago on my fav streamer pattern. Tied on steelhead loop eye hook, daiichi 7999 i think. Grey cross-cut bunny body, grizzly bunny strip wing, head/collar of deer hair. Lead underbody, and brass dumbell eyes w/spirit river domed eyes, and a strand or two of krystal flash tied in. Not a hard tie, looks good to the fisher, realistic to the fish. Tie it on a down eye streamer hook if you want the hook to ride up.
 

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The Streamer bug

I can't say that the streamer bug has hit me yet. While I like to catch some larger fish I must say that I get a lot more enjoyment fishing dries or nymphs and catching the 10-16" guys and getting the occasional big fish that way.
 

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16" trout on the dry fly? I too like to fish dries more than streamers, but around here, I have only seen a few, and only heard of a few fish nearly that large rising. If I'm catching 10-12" fish on dries at the Mad River, I'm doing really good. Average riser there is probibly in the 6-9" range. When I think of big trout at the mad river, I'm talking anything over 15".
 

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Don't feel too bad, since most of mine average in the 8-12" range also. I stated it the way I did because 14-15" aren't all that uncommon during the better hatches.

I'm kind of pathetic in that I've not spent much time on the Ohio trout streams yet especially when I figured out how close the Clearfork is for me.(I will fix that this spring!) Most of my time is spent in Michigan or PA and since so much of PA is stocked with 8" plus trout to start with it slants the numbers a bit.
 
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