The Edson Tiger, and Mickey Finn
These two bucktails have been my favorites in my quests for wild brook trout in small streams. The Edson Tiger, and Mickey Finn have managed to bring countless trout to hand. I believe the combination of yellow, and red to be a killer combination for brookies, but the bucktails have taken their share of wild browns.
I fish these all year long, but the fall and winter have been best, perhaps its the times I fish them most. They are very easy to tie, requiring only a few materials. They can be fished in fast or slow water, stripped both up and downstream.
I can recall a day in February, where the sun was out brightly and the noon temps were around 50. The wife sugested we take a walk along a stream in south central CT.
A stream that eventually works its way to the Connecticut River. I had my fly rod rigged with a Mickey Finn, and as we were crossing a foot bridge I tossed the fly into the water. The current quickly swept it towards the bank about ten yards downstream. As I took hold of the line and started to retrieve, a fish rose in a swirl just behind the Mickey, a silvery figure of perhaps 20 inches, he could have eaten that fly but decieded to retreat back to his position in the stream.
That spring I visited that same stream several times, unable to fish the same area because of swift water, I moved upstream where I could fish the stream better. The Mickey produced several browns, and a salmon smolt of generous size.
These bucktails are worth the effort to try on any day.