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It’s hot…the doldrums..nothing is movingThe TRICOS are a paintime to pull out the fuzzies and have some fun…These are some patterns I carry with me for those occasions. Sometimes they work and sometimes, I learn new casting skills…like tossing some of the flies as close to the bank as possible under overhanging branches,dumping them into log jams and twitching them around mid stream boulders…

Taking shots from a driftboat…it helps to have a 10′, 7wt. on hand in high winds…

A couple of guys who put their raft in here, gave Ally a handful of these flies to use…(which her brother immediately appropriated)…

Kinda’ looks like THIS

Michael works this pattern…

Up through this section of the Stillwater River, MT…bank to boulder, boulder to bank…I might add…he caught some fish…

Since I mainly fly fish sub surface, I don’t tie a lot of the following patterns, but pick up a few from this Fly Shop from time to time. They have the BEST selection of Hoppers, Madame X’s and Turk’s Tarantulas that I have ever seen…There are other exotic attractor patterns I can’t even remember the names of …that may be found HERE….GREATER YELLOWSTONE FLYFISHERS…

A Hopper pattern that floats darn well…I pick them based on the size and color of what’s moving around at the EDGE of the water, not 20-50 yards off the bank…

I like fishing the above pattern down along the Palisades section of the Madison River, MT….

Bullet Head Hopper…

I like using this guy in softer water …around here…

The Upper Madison…around boulders and near the bank side vegetation…this hopper hangs low in the water and, if it sinks…sometimes, I get a hammering strike…

PMX STONE

A good floater to hang a bead head Krystal dip off of in turbulent water…I even get hits on it…

Off the banks, in this faster water…

PARACHUTE CRICKET
I have used this pattern in a bunch of different waters. It works real nice…

BLACK STIMI

I don’t know why, but this is one STIMI that has consistently drawn strikes for me on every river that I have used it on…it is just big and black and is obviously being taken for something other than a stone fly…

A BIG UGLY BASS BUG (FROG)…

This is something I drag out of it’s secret location and use when shadows are on the water. I cut off the weed guard, bend the hook and sharpen it, use a 2′, 0x leader with a 6″ 1x tippet and non slip loop knot or duncan loop to the hook eye. I bang this off the bank and retrieve it down stream, just ahead of the current speed with an occasional twitch. I dead drift it around rocks and boulders, again, with a twitch…The rod must be held low to the water and directly in line with the fly…NO SLACK…I don’t do this when anyone (except my kids) is around…If you try this, you will know why…

PT/TB

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