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    Default Bob's Bits

    Help! Please!
    I've heard good things about a fly named Bob's Bits but have been unable to find the dressing. Google gave many hits but only two were any good at all and the dressings were not the same.
    I'd like to try it in northern Michigan with my friendly brook trout.
    Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Bill

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    Bobs Bits

    To my knowledge a bobs bits is:

    Hook: 12 - 18
    Body - Seals Fur (the colours are up to you i mostly use black)
    A few strands of white calf tail as a little wing - 10 strands at the absolute MAX.
    Hackle - To Match Body so in this case Black - only one or two turns.

    Simple and deadly,

    cheers,

    Andrew P
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    Hi Littlebrook....

    A Bobs bit is basically a hopper without the legs, which is only easy if you know what a hopper is

    Hook 12-16
    Silk black
    Body black seals fur
    Hackle black cock

    Thats it as far as I know. You could add a rib if you want to but I have found it to be not needed (I cant spell unnecessary)
    I must admit I haven't heard of adding a white wing.

    The last time I used this pattern I caught 15 rainbows

    Cheers, Gazmeister.
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    Thanks very much, gentlemen.
    Gazmeister, your results using this fly makes me glad I asked. It's simplicity also appeals to me. Thanks to you both for the fast response.

    Bill

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    try to tie a few with the wee white wing too. can be very good on a sedgey night when nothing else is doing.

    super fly ginked up in a flat calm

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    I have seen this fly as tied by Bob Worts a few times. The body wasn't seal's fur on the ones I saw it was the Veniard sub tied very sparse. They always have a very sparse look to them. The wing was I think hackle tip or hackle fibre. Sometimes they had a palmered hackle other times they had just a collar hackle.

    I'll try to imitate his dressing style and tie up a couple as close as I can.

    Though it isn't a fly I have ever used I believe that his style of tying them was as vital as the pattern. His flies as I said are very sparse.

    Cheers,
    Alan.

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    Wonderful! I look forward to seeing this fly with great anticipation. Thanks very much.

    Bill

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    Hi Alan,

    I think I read some where, that on the original pattern Bob Worts originally tied in a wing of Swan fibre as a "sighter" for himself.

    Hope this helps

    Midge

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    It'd be nice if there was a step by step guide with some photos.
    Jonathan

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    Did choose to wait upon Him here,
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    Food was, that He on earth did taste:
    I therefore strive to follow those,
    Whom He to follow Him hath chose."


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    Agreed! It's apparently a pretty simple fly, but directions would be very much appreciated. Even the simple can become complex without direction. It's pretty simple to be wrong!

    Bill

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