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 Post subject: Curious observations
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:02 pm 
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After the day of fishing, I did the removal of the flies used from the sheepskin. The semi crushed ones get "steamed" to take out the kinks, squashed feathers, hair, etc.
During the six plus hours of fishing I used:
#10 Black Caddis
#14 Black Caddis
#12 IPW
#14 Royal Wulff
#16 Sulphur
#16 Black Gnat

Regardless of what I observed in the way of insects present on the water, the trout were only interested in the Black bodied Caddis dries. Even with a brief sulphur hatch, and the small black gnats constantly buzzing around they paid no attention to the proffered matching artificial or the genuine live insects.
Go figure ?
Bux


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 Post subject: Re: Curious observations
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:43 pm 
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So much for "match the hatch",eh? I often wonder how smart and selective trout actually are. I mean,they have a variety of real bugs in the current,yet they keep grabbing the fake one with the hook in it.Smart?


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 Post subject: Re: Curious observations
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:46 pm 
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Oh,forgot to ask. How do you steam them? I usually just try to "fluff" them back into shape as best I can.


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 Post subject: Re: Curious observations
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:09 pm 
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NYFLY wrote:
Oh,forgot to ask. How do you steam them? I usually just try to "fluff" them back into shape as best I can.


I have one of those old "whistling" tea kettles...the one with the small hole in the pouring spout. I just put some water in it, place it on the stove, and wait until the steam comes out of the pot as the water boils -- with tweezers, you then hold the fly by the hook ... feathers in the steam. All of the feathers and hair will quickly return to their original position...it's very quick and easy and it doesn't damage the flies.
Bux


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 Post subject: Re: Curious observations
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:09 am 
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Thanks,Bux,I'll give it a try.


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