Report: A Small Stream (and, A Good Fly)

Colie Egerston was kind enough to email me with a fishing report. He yesterday hit one of his favorite small streams to seek wild browns and brookies.

Unfortunately, water conditions were less than ideal in terms of temp and color. But, he may try again on Saturday.

And, for me, I’ve been tying some flies. Here is the pattern that worked well a few days ago on the Farmington. In fact, there were no hook-ups on any other fly, only this one. It made me wonder if highly pressured fish respond better to a fly they’ve not seen before? If everyone is throwing Wooly Buggers and eggs, perhaps, throw a curve ball?

I’m calling the fly the “Marabou Nymph.” I guess it’s a cross between a streamer and a stonefly. So, a “fleamer”?

It’s got a marabou tail and some hackle that give life-like movement, a buggy body, some color contrast via a hot spot, and unusual wings. I use a jig nymph hook, so that the hook point rides up, which helps reduce snags.

Here is the recipe:

  • Set-up: #12 Umpqua C400 BL hook, slotted tungsten bead, 0.15 non-lead wire on front 1/3 of the hook (for weight and added bulk for tapering)
  • Tail: black marabou
  • Abdomen: black hare dubbing
  • Rib: silver wire
  • Wings: silicone, in red
  • Thorax: pink sow ice dub
  • Collar: black hackle

For whatever reason, the browns I’ve caught have been on black fly patterns. That has been true on the Millers, Squannacook, and, now, the Farmington. I don’t recall that color taking ‘bows or brookies.

Have you noticed that browns key in on certain colors?

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