Researching the feeding habits and living habitats of large trout was his thing.
WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups. Fish the rapids or calmer waters deep (4-5 feet) where there is structure. Sandy, gravel bottoms were generally not good unless there was adjacent submerged structure or cut banks. Tippet size didn't matter. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle. He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, the old Wooly Worms, ASSAM DRAGONS (never heard of before now) and Skunk Hair Caddis deep below surface. Maybe this is why the Wooly Bugger (the same on all sides) is so effective. On top he fished Montana Stone Adult (similar to a Stimulator w/ yellow and orange). All of these were in large sizes #2-#8. Larger and smaller sizes were not as effective for the sizable trout.
|#4 - #8 2-3X Hook & Orange Thread|
|0.20 mm Lead Wire (20 Wraps)|
|4-5 Strands Black Pheasant Tail|
|Copper Wire for Ribbing (Original|
calls for black Larva Lace)
|Body/Thorax black Angora Dubbing|
(Original black Rabbit). Then
wrap ribbing forward. Leave
orange showing @ rear.
|Tie in fluffy brown Hackle|
|Three wraps then tie off.|
Tags: Bull River
Clark Fork River
Flathead River System