Sunday, April 7, 2013

Three Flies and a Weekend

Sometimes a river treats you to a special day, well she treated us to two very special days, as 
spring showed us how beautiful it can be. Although, there is not much water in the ditch right now,
it is very fishable and fishing well. Fish looked up all weekend and were eating like it was the last supper. Slow, lazy rises characterized the weekend with explosive tail-walking fights. 

Only three fly patterns were needed to fish, the Zebra Midge to start the mornings, and at about 9:30 or so it was game on with the Mercer's Missing Link and the Purple Haze. 

 Missing Link
Hook: TMC 100, Sz. 14 or 16
Thread: Tan 8/0
Abdomen: Tan 8/0 Thread
Rib: Pearl Krystal Flash
Split Underwing: Dun Zelon
Hackle: Dun Saddle
Wing: Elk
Purple Haze
Hook: TMC 100BL, Sz.14-18
Thread: Purple or Black 8/0
Tail: Moose
Abdomen: Purple Superfine Dubbing
Rib: Pearl Krystal Flash
Para-Wulff Wing- Calf Tail
Hackle: Grizzly Saddle Hackle

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