Dukes Hints......

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Posted by JeffG on June 23, 1997 at 10:02:11:

As far as the name of the fly I described in the lower post....well
I have no idea what the name of it is. I was up there on the 7th and was
running out of ideas, and that particular nymph was buried in my box and
it was one of those"Hell, have tried everything else why not this?"
But it resmbles a pheasant tail without the "wingcase" on the back
and is lighter in color. I have not seen a copy of one in a shop, but if you
described it, they could hopefully point out a close pattern.
It isnt a real dark brown coloer, almost the color of coffee with cream in it...

Other hints for Dukes.....when it is raining it is the best time to fish Dukes..
especially with high sticking techniques, short leaders 4x, and short 10-15 ft
casts. Section III is the best one, I think when the water is high.

Section I has been fishing superbly lately. I also just found where a 20inch + brown
lives up there. Hooked him last time, but after running me under every rock in site, the leader
just couldn't hold any longer(plus trying to stop a big brown on a 6 ft 3 wt isnt
exactly the easiest thing)
Section I is also a fun area to fish your attractors(humpy's coachman, irresitibles)
But more importantly are terrestrials in that section. A good fail all fly is a brown beetle
about a size 14. Also Red Ants work well, along with crickets.
Also, if you make your way up to the Smithgalls area dont forget about the upper sections of Dukes below and above the Falls.
That stream holds some brilliantly colored stream bred bows. Dodds and Bear den(streams that form Dukes)
hold some nice wild fish too, and Bear Den is just a beautiful little stream that
does hold some Brookies in the upper section.

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