Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The "Carot".....

In a recent post on spiders a particular pattern generated an email from a reader of SSR's. The email told me of a similar pattern that he used on the west coast. It had the basic color the fly but also had a bead, a nymph pattern. Well the old brain got to thinking and I put his ideas along with a few of mine together and came up with a large wet fly using partridge hackle, and along with some orange dubbing to create a fly that will have success when I choose to use it.



A test of the fly brought a lot of interest from both brook trout and fallfish.


The "Carot", The hook is a Firehole #718 size 12. the body is orange silk thread, and the thorax is orange dubbing, the hackle is gray partridge.


When wet the Carot takes on the look of a small baitfish, and that's what the fish were taking it for in my opinion.










22 comments:

  1. I thought for sure you would post a "stick" along with it. :-) Maybe your amber Cane & Silk.

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    1. billp
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      Bill it was my TFO 6' 2wt. I was going to take my Cane and Silk bamboo but backed out.

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  2. Beauty of a fly... I need to make some bench time to spin up a few!

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will, an easy tie and quite effective.

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  3. When I get past this hip thing, I have to fish more wet flies.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark the wets will improve your catch rate.

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    2. I'm working on my own hip thing, too! Great fun. Liked your genealogy post, I've been digging through mine for decades now.

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  4. I still haven't tried that fly yet. Not sure what my deal is I always forget about it. I need to tie some up.

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    1. Feather Chucker
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      Kevin please do give it a try.

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  5. Anything orange is a fish catcher as far as I'm concerned. No surprise those fish chased the carot.

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    1. Michael Agneta
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      Mike orange is a predominate color in a brook trouts fin. The famous wet fly so named "brook fin" is also a killer fly.

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  6. That is a beautiful fly, Alan. Simplicity can be so much more than the sum of its parts.

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    1. mike
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      Mike you talk about simplicity in a fly, the Purple Dun was awesome today. Thread, and hackle...

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  7. Alan
    A winner for sure, especially on slow days for mew; I like to add a tiny shot at times about 10" up to get the fly down especially in fast water. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill in heavy water split shot is a good choice. I will sometimes wrap some lead free wire on the flies, especially when fishing the Farmington.

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  8. The partridge and orange is one of my favorite flies but I have never incorporated a bead. However most of my nymphs are tied with tungsten beads. Nice looking fly and I may give it a try.

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    1. NJpatbee
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      Beads don't mix with those types of flies. A bead on a nymph is a good choice. I hope your enjoying nice weather.

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  9. I have always thought the same, Alan, that the partridge and orange imitates a small bait fish. I am sure by now that brookies spawned last fall are swimming around in streams now, hopefully in ample numbers.

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    1. Sam
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      Sam the streams are full of those 1" brookies. A good spawn and a good hatch. The brookies were quite active today.

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  10. Very cool post Alan, thank you.

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    1. Matt Harding
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      Matt perhaps a sea-run cutthroat surprise?

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    2. Alan, definitely will give that one a go in June when the streams open up.

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