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Blood_Orange

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Uses for water strider pattern?
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:59:48 PM »

I ordered a Tenkara rod a few weeks ago (telescopic rod for backpacking... uses flies and a fixed line. No reel). It's been a really fun intro to fly fishing but it only came with three flies. I went shopping for more flies and saw a water strider pattern which I tossed into my basket because it looked badass. Reading online, it seems trout (and fish in general) don't eat them. What are they used for? Will bass eat them?

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clarkii

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Re: Uses for water strider pattern?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 06:59:38 AM »

What does the pattern look like? A pic would help.

Remember in fly fishing that the pattern name or type doesn't necessarily mean thats what it actually represents to a fish.
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Blood_Orange

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Re: Uses for water strider pattern?
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2017, 10:41:43 AM »

Here's a photo:


I bet that I'm wrong and it's not a water strider. That's the answer that makes the most sense. At any rate, if you know what it's used for I'd love to know :D
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Re: Uses for water strider pattern?
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 11:06:54 AM »

Dragonfly larva?
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Blood_Orange

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Re: Uses for water strider pattern?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 11:23:17 AM »

Dragonfly larva?
That was one of my thoughts too this morning. Here's a photo:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/57/Larve_d%27Anax_empereur.JPG/220px-Larve_d%27Anax_empereur.JPG

It's got a different number of legs, and the colours/antennae/abdomen are different too. Or maybe those differences don't matter? At any rate it still looks awesome  ::)

I'll ask next time I'm at Sea-Run. If anyone from the store visits this thread maybe they could fill me in.
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Re: Uses for water strider pattern?
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2017, 11:59:48 AM »

This is a stone fly or dragon fly nymph pattern. Works great dragging along the bottom in still water. It may work when drifting however I did not try.
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Re: Uses for water strider pattern?
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2017, 01:08:37 PM »

This is a stone fly or dragon fly nymph pattern. Works great dragging along the bottom in still water. It may work when drifting however I did not try.
Thanks for the info!
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Re: Uses for water strider pattern?
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2017, 07:07:08 PM »

Definitely a stonefly nymph.  Found in rivers only (mostly speaking) and trout love them.  Even steelhead.
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