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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Dorsal view of a Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Megjig on Mar 30, 2017March 30th, 2017, 1:25 pm EDT
Hi! I'm new to jig tying and hear mixed things.
Sorry, I know jigs aren't actually flies, but I'd like to reach out to an array of perspectives.


I use more marabou than most and I don't know if more is okay, or in a case like this that less or more?

Appreciate feedback. :)
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Plano, TX

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Taxon on Mar 30, 2017March 30th, 2017, 2:19 pm EDT
Hi Megen-

Welcome to this forum. In my opinion, a fly tied on a jig hook certainly qualifies as a fly.

As to your question about what amount of marabou to use, I believe that pretty much depends on the fly pattern you are tying, i.e. what you are trying to imitate, and perhaps other factors, such as water clarity, etc. Hope this helps.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Gallitzin PA

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PABrownie on Mar 31, 2017March 31st, 2017, 4:26 am EDT
Many modern nymphs are tied on jig hooks, as far as your marabou goes, do they work? The amount you use should be directly related to its fish catching abilities and not related to what everyone else is doing ;)

good luck

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