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Old 07-20-17, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default The Donald

I stopped tying when I picked up the small stream addiction. Not sure why, just seemed like I had no time. But, since I've been hitting the big stream again, I've found myself at the bench a little more. I'm pretty terrible, too. I understand it's a skill, but it's also art(st/crafty) and that gene isn't in my lineage. Anyhow, I try.

This new creation came from me wanting to create something that was half pheasant tail, half (possibly) brown trout alevin/fry. It's basically a large soft hackle pheasant tail with an orange tag for a tail. When I sent an image of it to Big T, he responded "it takes time." Reading between the lines, I figured that was a nice way of saying it won't catch fish. Lol



Well, it found its way into my box anyhow and today while trying a new stretch of water, having only caught a few fish, I decided to try it. I immediately landed my biggest hooch brown to date, then just missed landing three more, then landed another 6-8, and a few bows. At least four of the fish had to be put to the reel. Here's a few that I was able to photograph before taking a dip and deciding that taking pictures of fish in nearly chest deep water is stupid



I ended up losing "The Donald", the only one I tied to a heckuva mess of spinning gear that was just too deep in too fast current for me to retrieve.

This afternoon, while mini me was chilling after camp, I tied a few more and a variant that I call the wind blown Donald, a reverse hackle version.



I guess when the fish are hungry they'll even eat ugly flies that don't even look like food...


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Old 07-21-17, 08:50 AM   #2
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I'm gonna try that fly out at JB on the weekends when the horn music is blasting
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At Settles this morning, I threw darn near everything in my fly box with few fish to hand, while Splatek caught fish consistently with The Donald. I'll take a dozen.

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I will never look at a fly and say it won't catch fish. I still tie really ugly flies and they catch fish. I knew that dog would hunt.
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At Settles this morning, I threw darn near everything in my fly box with few fish to hand, while Splatek caught fish consistently with The Donald. I'll take a dozen.



Bahaha


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Old 07-28-17, 12:37 PM   #6
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At Settles this morning, I threw darn near everything in my fly box with few fish to hand, while Splatek caught fish consistently with The Donald. I'll take a dozen.

That reverse hackle is a spitting image of the trumpster
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