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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Spring High Water Winner

Great for Spring's High Water
This "Montana Sparrow" is YellowStoneFly's version of a popular local fly tied for Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. It is a very simple pattern to tie and is a very effective streamer. I find it particularly useful when fishing for trout in streams and rivers in the early spring and late fall. They also tell me it is used by the locals in large sizes for steelhead when running. I personally have never tried it though. Well, here goes and try out this one when fly fishing Idaho this fall.

One thing, when tying this particular fly use very soft feather barbs. This is a soft hackle streamer and the softer barbs make the fly look more "alive" in the water as you float and strip it across the current. I like turkey breast feathers for my Montana Sparrows. The flies you see here are tied on a long shank 1-0 hook so they will be more of a local minnow meal for the larger trout. I use either brown or gray dubbing and a heavy gold wire for weight in order to get them down to the bigger fish.

Tie on "tail", I use pheasant tail, and copper wire.
Add dubbing densly packed in a "cigar" configuration.
Wrap gold wire to eye and secure.
Add multiple soft feather barbs and half hitch head.
This is a superb streamer. It is very effective for big fish and extremely easy to tie. Give it a whirl. You can tie it in any size down to a #10 or #12, but I wouldn't go smaller. Fish any emerging nymph trailer onto this fly and you'll find yourself using this combination frequently. Happy Idaho fly fishin

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