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January 23, 2008

The Most Versatile Fly in the World

By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

Okay ... Most of you got the last quiz answer. (Amy and Kim were on opposite banks, one was staring into the sun's glare.) Let's try something a bit more subjective ... see if you can land on what I think is the most versatile fly pattern in the world ...

Kirk and Tim were fishing on the Colorado River by Glenwood Springs in September. They made a $20 bet on who would catch more fish, using only one fly. It was a typical early fall Colorado day ... in the 30s in the morning; up to the mid 60s by midday. It was breezy, partly cloudy, and the water was pretty clear, but not terribly low. Both anglers were using 5-weight rods, with 4X leaders, and 4X tippets. They agreed to adjust weight, use strike indicators, whatever ... but they had to stick with the same fly pattern. At day's end, as Kirk snatched the Andrew Jackson bill from Tim (having caught 20 more fish that day), he spilled the beans and showed his friend the "secret pattern." Tim couldn't believe it ... here he had been fishing a Prince nymph all day (not a bad call for all-around conditions), but Kirk was using one of the oldest tricks in the flyfishing book. What was it, and why did it work?

Deeter

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from Cunn wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

You gave it away. The famous 20 incher, witch was created in that neck of the woods.

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

i know! i know!! he dipped his fly in some stink?!??!

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

prince nymph with a propeller

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from alex zelkan wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

hmmmmm best universal fly huh im gonna half to say some nynph maybe prince nynph

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from Evan! wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

RS2! I was close.yrs-Evan!

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from KD wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

All I will say for now is that Evan V is the man...

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from Anthony wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

TimmyYou are so right. Once I asked Deeter to net one by him, and there was nothing but an airy net.As for universal fly - RS2... Can be fished dry, nymphed, and emerger.

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Okay, whoever posted that last comment gets my vote of approval. That would be something Deeter would do...

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

You cut a hole in Tim's net?

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from Alex wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

wow stealing my idea lol

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from as moeggs wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

crayfish imitation...Browns luv em!

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

spoon 'fly' (don't laugh, you know it works)

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

but you didn't say woolly bugger with a propeller.

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from Evan V wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Well wooly bugger is taken, so I'd say muddler minnow. Any variant including marabou colors and or cone/bead heads.

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from Alex wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I would guess a woolly bugger as it is one of the all time most useful baitfish immatations ever

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from Alex wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I would guess a woolly bugger as it is one of the all time most useful baitfish immatations ever

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from Evan! wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I'll say it was a hare's ear soft hackle.it worked, well... just because! ha! a soft hackle wet fly is definitely, in your words, "one of the oldest tricks in the flyfishing book."yrs-Evan!

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Kirk,You told that story all wrong! If you remember correctly I was fishing a 6 wt with 0x slinging streamers all over the place, and of course catching a ton more fish than you.Apparently you recall a somewhat different story... If I was to try and guess the correct answer to your obviously skewed memory lapse I would say a BWO. Perhaps a little lighter on the tippet though. Perfect time of year, perfect temps, some clouds, clear water...Or you could have been a low down dirty SOB and been throwing an egg all day.

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from eaglesTE wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I know this quiz was a while ago but I love bets like this, I gotta believe it was a wooly bugger

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from Cunn wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

You gave it away. The famous 20 incher, witch was created in that neck of the woods.

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

i know! i know!! he dipped his fly in some stink?!??!

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

prince nymph with a propeller

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from alex zelkan wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

hmmmmm best universal fly huh im gonna half to say some nynph maybe prince nynph

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from Evan! wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

RS2! I was close.yrs-Evan!

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from KD wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

All I will say for now is that Evan V is the man...

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from Anthony wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

TimmyYou are so right. Once I asked Deeter to net one by him, and there was nothing but an airy net.As for universal fly - RS2... Can be fished dry, nymphed, and emerger.

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Okay, whoever posted that last comment gets my vote of approval. That would be something Deeter would do...

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

You cut a hole in Tim's net?

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from Alex wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

wow stealing my idea lol

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from as moeggs wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

crayfish imitation...Browns luv em!

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

spoon 'fly' (don't laugh, you know it works)

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from joey wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

but you didn't say woolly bugger with a propeller.

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from Evan V wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Well wooly bugger is taken, so I'd say muddler minnow. Any variant including marabou colors and or cone/bead heads.

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from Alex wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I would guess a woolly bugger as it is one of the all time most useful baitfish immatations ever

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from Alex wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I would guess a woolly bugger as it is one of the all time most useful baitfish immatations ever

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from Evan! wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I'll say it was a hare's ear soft hackle.it worked, well... just because! ha! a soft hackle wet fly is definitely, in your words, "one of the oldest tricks in the flyfishing book."yrs-Evan!

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

Kirk,You told that story all wrong! If you remember correctly I was fishing a 6 wt with 0x slinging streamers all over the place, and of course catching a ton more fish than you.Apparently you recall a somewhat different story... If I was to try and guess the correct answer to your obviously skewed memory lapse I would say a BWO. Perhaps a little lighter on the tippet though. Perfect time of year, perfect temps, some clouds, clear water...Or you could have been a low down dirty SOB and been throwing an egg all day.

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from eaglesTE wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I know this quiz was a while ago but I love bets like this, I gotta believe it was a wooly bugger

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