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The Stayner Ducktail is a streamer pattern that has been knocking around in my fly boxes for a long time. It has caught more than its share of trout and landlocked salmon for me over the years and like all successful flies it eventually migrated into my warm water boxes. However, this one did not find its way there by accident.
As I held the fly in my hand, I could see that it was probably an early attempt at some sort of terrestrial pattern, possibly a cricket, by the fly tier who donated the materials. The fly was crudely tied with heavy sewing thread. It had a preformed foam spider body and knotted rubber legs tied in all helter-skelter. The knotted legs are what makes me believe it was meant to imitate a cricket.
I was recently a guest blogger for The Flymen Fishing Company. I wrote on the subject of setting up an ideal space for your fly tying. If you are not familiar with The Flymen Fishing Company they produce a number fly tying products that you have probably heard of.
The purist, dry fly anglers turn their noses up to this ugly easy to tie style of fly because it can be nothing more than a piece of your bath mat lashed to a hook shank. But the thing they hate the most about the fly is that it will likely catch more fish than their exquisitely tied Catskill style dry fly!
It is often said that bluegills and other panfish are not picky and just about any fly will work for them. At times it may seem like that is the case, but panfish will often show a preference for a particular fly. In the last few weeks, this has been that fly.
For several years now I have been raising chickens, mainly for the eggs and a little help around the homestead producing high-quality compost and keeping the local tick population in check. If you look at my flock, you can see that the birds were hand selected by a fly tier.
This fly has an extraordinary origin. Believe it or not, this pattern was initially tied for Striped Bass in the salt. That’s right you read correctly saltwater striped bass! This fly, which will comfortably fit into the mouth of any bluegill, is tied to “match the hatch” when striped bass are feeding on isopods, small bug like crustaceans.
I have had a lot of fun experimenting with variations of one of my favorite warm water patterns, the James Wood Bucktail. This latest version, which has an all-white color scheme, I have nicknamed the Ghost.
The Adams dry fly, the parachute version, in particular, is quoted in many sources as being the most popular dry fly in the world.
To be honest, fly fishing gear is expensive. It seems that if you associate fly fishing with a piece of equipment you have an open invitation to charge far more than it is worth. Fortunately, fly fishing for panfish is a simple affair that does not require a lot of gear.