I am already thinking about summer and dry lines. The smuddler was a pattern originally tied by Greg Smith. Greg a native to Southwest Washington has used this pattern for decades locally with great success. It is the original skater that was later turned into an after dinner mint by a local fly shop owner. This fly will take fish skated, especially in boulder fields in the summer.
Brad Smith with a SWW Native taken on a Smuddler
Lakers suck variant
The all purpose marabou fly has been around for decades. They are a blast to tie and can be very easy, depending on how you want them to look. I like them tied with a varying contrast and bulk, providing a larger profile for winter months. I tie them using tubes or stinger style, depending on my mood and fish them with confidence. Now if I can just find a fish in this winter sea of sorrow, I would be in good shape.
A Glue Egg???
Oh that's right, no need for pegging, chenille or McFly Foam here my friends. Just some straight up glue on an Owner SSW. Drop some glue, grab a lighter and start spinning until it feels just right. Swing them, chuck them, dead drift them or throw them off the end of a centerpin and you will catch some fish. This is a great fly for the omelette hatch on the Wet Side part of the Pacific Northwest in the Fall and creek fishing in the winter.
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