I've caught lots on small green machines but have much better luck with the more traditional trout flies. If you're using small salmon flies just about any bug will work, just some better than others. Natural deer hair is my preference, even over green machines.Do you recommend green machines. if so what size.
I second that.I've caught lots on small green machines but have much better luck with the more traditional trout flies. If you're using small salmon flies just about any bug will work, just some better than others. Natural deer hair is my preference, even over green machines.
yes i forgot i love muddler minnows expecially for trout i caught a nice trtout on a huge #4 hook muddler minnow i make them all the timeNick give zug bugs a try too. They work well on waters where the trout like Royals, also try small muddlers in different colours for the bigger trout. For muddlers I go with black and red in the spring and move toward natural/tan with orange or yellow later in the season. I use maraboo to add the colour to the wing.
What size of hook r u using for the "Bug"? This is dry?The orange one is called the Miracle Orange. Go to the dollar store or Micheal's (art's supplies) and buy 8 1/2" x 11" foam sheets. They have them at the Great Canadian Dollar Store @ 4 for $1. You then proceed to cut little ovals out of them, around 1/4" in lenght for a #8 hook. You begin by tying on the red deer hair for the tail, then the foam, then use a reddish-brown feather for the hackle. Takes about ten minutes or less to tie.
The other one is called the bug. It takes me about a half hour to do because of the trimming. First, you tie on the black deer hair for the tail. Then, proceed to "spin" on the deer hair for the body: Take a clump of natural colored deer hair about the size of a pencil eraser and spin it on (kind of holding it at an angle for the first wrap or two, then pull tight to puff it up, then do a few more wraps to hold it down good), followed by red of the same amount, then another clump of natural again. Then, proceed to trim the hair to shape the body. If you want it to float high, trim less. For it to sink about 2-4 inches (which is best, by the way, in my opinion) trim more off. Finally, get a grizzly hackle feather and do 5 or 6 wraps around the body for the hackle.
These are the only two flies I fish trout with. If one doesn't produce, I put on the other. Never fails. If there's nothing biting, it's because there's nothing there. No word of a lie!
Hey stroover -- Ok, I just make one with the same type of hook that I usually use for a small green machine... However, I don't like it, too much red I think.. but I will do a few more this weekHey gdog, I tie them in #6 (spring) or #10 (summer), and I start fishing them dry, and if they don't hook nor hit, I fish them wet, then they either hook or there's nothing in there.
Gdog, you want the middle red stripe to be roughly a third of the whole body. I spin a pencil eraser's size of natural deer hair, then the same amount of red, then the same amount of natural again, then I start trimming. Start with the black tail. You want it to be almost the same lenght as the body or a little less. (I know, in the picture it's longer. That turned out to be a screw up. Shorter turns out to be better). I like to add about 4 strands of crystal flash in the tail, though the recipe doesn't call for it. Finish off with a grizly hackle at the head, and you're good to go.Hey stroover -- Ok, I just make one with the same type of hook that I usually use for a small green machine... However, I don't like it, too much red I think.. but I will do a few more this week