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    Default Sticklebacks

    I have caught stillwater rainbows which had been taking sticklebacks.
    Can anyone recommend a standard fly pattern which might simulate a stickleback?

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    Alexandria

    The stickle backs are as fat as barrels just now, ours will spawn any day now.

    Munro

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    Here's one I tied a while ago, not sure if it's any use as I haven't actually tried it.



    It was my version of this mainly because I never had the correct materials.

    Stickleback Pattern for predatious trout SwittersB & Fly Fishing
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    Try the classic imitation - a Polystickle . . . .


    Hook - long shank size 6 to 8
    Thread - black
    Body - Front quarter, crimson floss, remainder clear polythene or comparable material (flexibody).
    Back and tail - brown raffene
    Hackle - beard style in hot orange
    Last edited by jungle cock; 13-05-2010 at 05:34 AM.

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    Quite a few lures will take fish when they are bashing the fry (or sticklebacks) I find that white works well, jack frost or cats whisker, something like that. I've never (yet) found the need for a precise imitation......................birdsnest
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    Bloody Butcher works a treat for me.

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    Try a Silver Jersey Herd with a longish light/medium olive hen hackle...

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    Herb Johnson Special
    Hook: #4 streamer
    Thread: Danville 6/0 florescent gray waxed
    Tail: none
    Body: black floss or synthetic yarn
    Rob: Lagartin silver skip embossed
    Under Wing: white bucktail under tied short not passed the bend of the hook.
    Top Wing: Yellow Bucktail with brown bucktail died yellow over that and peacock 4 – 6 strands topping that. Note Keep the wing short and not much longer than the bend of the hook.
    Note: when selecting the brown bucktail died yellow try to find some that has an olive tone to it.
    Next, along the sides of the wing place a strand of florescent red floss with a strand of florescent med blue floss covering the red. Depending on the floss you may need two strands. When placed correctly the floss gives off a perfect florescent violate color to the fly. If you put the red on top of the blue is doesn't work.
    Head: silver finger nail polish.
    Eyes: yellow fingernail polish with black fingernail polish center.
    Head finish: Over the fingernail polish I use a clear water dispersed high gloss finish. I use the hard wood floor finishing product called Zar. I use it on all my fly heads and it is very good.
    Herb Johnson was a Maine salmon fisherman and fly tier who designed this fly. It is a good smelt immitation which I found to work very well for Atlantic salmon where stickle backs are present. It is a go to fly for many Atlantic salmon fisherman and it works well for LL Atlantic salmon, rainbow and brook trout.

    United Gilsonite Laboratories - ZAR® Wood Finishing - ZAR® INTERIOR POLYURETHANE, CLASSIC, high, Solids

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    Last edited by kype; 13-05-2010 at 01:44 PM.

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    I find a goats toe works well for me with stickle backers !
    Andy Wren
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