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    Fly for muddy water

    This worked for me on the Battenkill on the day after a night of thunderstorms had turned the river muddy. It may seem a little crude, but it's better than sitting around waiting for the water to clear up.
    • Hook: Any streamer hook (size 4 or 6)
      Thread: 3x Black
      Underbody: lead wire or environmently correct substitute
      Body: Black wool
      Wing: Black Saddle Hackles, secured "matuka" style with tying thread.
      Overwing: Black Bucktail
      Head: Black deer hair trimmed "muddler" style.
    I fished it across and downstream with a moderately fast "strip" retrieve. There were a lot of short strikes, but the trout attacked it violently. Normally, the trout in the special regulations section of the NY Battenkill are very selective in August, but this seemed to be an exception.

    I believe that the black color is as close as you're going to get to a visible fly in muddy water. The Muddler head is borrowed from bass fishermen who use sound to attract fish. The head causes enough disturbance in the fast water to make the fish aware that something's there.

    The matuka wing was to keep the saddle hackles from wrapping around the hook. Unless you're exceptionally skilled, casting a large streamer on a 4-5 weight outfit can get a little sloppy.

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    In addition to the flies you mentioned I tried the Poly Stickle and the Fontinalis fin. Both worked well and caught fish this year.

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    Sounds like a great fly Pete. One way to avoid those presentation problems is to use a heavey leader......(heavier than normal) or just a straight piece of mono. Maybe even try a furled leader untreated with musclin, attached to a straight piece of mono tippet a bit heavier than you might normally use. Like you said, "in fast water" shouldn't be a problem. I've found that on the Battenkill on the N.Y. side of the boarder, there a lot of Rainbows, and they are nowhere near as picky as the Browns. My best fly for them has always been a Muddler Minnow. mark........

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