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The First PMD....


I drove down to the Henry's Fork yesterday and spent a few hours poking around and taking pictures.  Here's the first PMD that I've seen this year.  I've tried to get a handle on cripple type patterns for a long time but  couldn't quite grasp the half nymph, half adult part of the imitation.  Well, this particular bug shows the justification for tying two toned cripples.  If anything, I've found that perhaps I should be tying the back end even darker.  















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  1. If you can figure out those cripples, more power to ya, Les. From my own experience, if there's any trout that will fuss about the number of parts and tones of an incomplete PMD, it'll be those Henry's Fork residents. Good luck!

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    1. Walt, I'm more than willing to concede that those Henry's Fork fish are a hell of a lot smarter than I am. They're definitely more experienced, having seen the likes of thousands of anglers, most of whom, incidentally, are also smarter and more experienced than I.

      Still, I find it interesting that a dark nymph can give rise to a variably light colored adult.

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  2. Lester
    I would've settled for any color fly pattern that might have got the attention of the trout Tuesday on the Sipsey. I could compare the Sipsey that day to the Henry Fork; lots of fishing pressure and lots of human company for me as well----post coming soon on my experience. Would like to see your version of the cripple PMD when you master it ----thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, I don't know if I can come up with fly that's any better than anything that has already been created by the fly fishing luminaries. If I do, I'll let you know. Do any of the present ties really look like the critter that's on my fingertip in any of the photos? I really have to use my imagination to see how a clump of Z-lon resembles a shuck on a crippled mayfly. But, apparently, the fish go for it.

      I'll look forward to your Sipsey post.....

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  3. Les: Must have been nice to spend a day on the Fork...and see a PMD.
    bob

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    1. Bob, yes it was. But on the way home, I drove to the Firehole in the Park and saw a caddis too. Two bugs in one day!

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