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Old 02-25-2017, 09:10 PM   #1
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Mice

Mice and various and sundry other big fish flies, big fish - big flies

I must be getting antsy, although that's another topic.

Lets see some photos of the gear and equipment we use to pursue our obsession

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Old 02-27-2017, 09:39 AM   #2
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I haven't tied or fished mouse flies for trout but do plan on getting into it this year. There are some really good videos of fishing with mouse flies on you tube. If they don't cause you to want to try it, there's something wrong with you. The takes are simply amazing and I have a few places in particular where I want to give them a go. I need to get to my camp where I have a tanned deer hide that will provide plenty of hair to practice with. Some good looking flies in your pic. I like the one on the left, third from the bottom the best. The fish may think otherwise though! If you like big flies a good read is "Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout" by Bob Linsenman and Kelly Galloup.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:54 PM   #3
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Last year I caught (but didn't land) a rainbow that was pushing 10 lbs. on a #4 Yellow Marabou Muddler. It was quite a gong show trying to land it in my tube with a tiny net and 8' 5 weight fibreglass rod with a dinky click and pawl reel. The next day I went back with a 7 weight steelhead rod, disk drag large arbor reel and bigger net and caught a 12 incher.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:58 PM   #4
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Last year I caught (but didn't land) a rainbow that was pushing 10 lbs. on a #4 Yellow Marabou Muddler. It was quite a gong show trying to land it in my tube with a tiny net and 8' 5 weight fibreglass rod with a dinky click and pawl reel. The next day I went back with a 7 weight steelhead rod, disk drag large arbor reel and bigger net and caught a 12 incher.
haha, thats how she goes
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:13 PM   #5
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Splake love mice!
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:39 PM   #6
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You sure have a nice touch with the deer hair. Some of those beauties look like they're alive!
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:03 AM   #7
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So do big brook trout .
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:51 AM   #8
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The picture above was taken on a trip to Labrador many years ago, just came across some old slides of those trips recently. I used to go up every year, the mouse flies were very effective up there for the big brookies, and the strikes on these flies were explosive.
Here at home on the Farmington river, I fish the big muddlers quite a bit at dusk and well after dark, best way I know to hook up with the biggest fish in the river , and there are some big browns and raindows here.
My favorite is the large muddler on a #4 hook with rabbit strip for a wing and a large deer hair head like the fly on the top left of the photo. Dark colors, black , dark brown, olive and dark purple, and usually a bit of Kristal flash thrown in for good measure. The rabbit strip soaks up water and the deer hair keeps the fly on the surface, the fly doesn't sit high on the water but more in the film with just the head sticking up, just the way a mouse swims, and the rabbit has lots of motion when fished slowly.
I've found that at night with a #4 you'll get taps by the smaller fish usually hitting the tail but not hook up on them , but the BIG trout will smack the thing. You can get by with a 5 wt rod but a 6 or 7 is better. I usually have a 5 wt though, you can fish a 6X tippet and a small dry until it's time to switch to the heavy artillery , cut back to a 2 or 3X and fish through the evening.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:59 AM   #9
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Tried to get this photo in the last post, hopefully this works. You can see the fly described above in the mouth of this Brookie, (not an Adirondack fish though), and not my fish but my buddy Rich O., it's my fly though.

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