Monday, May 16, 2011

Stoned Possie

The Truckee River is a veritable minefield of basement deep holes, car sized boulders with overhangs big enough to hide submarines and speedy pocket water that creates the trickiest of drifts .  The simple technical solution to these problems is weight, deep-sea fishing style weight.  But in all honesty I despise crimping lead --even the lead-free birdie friendly kind-- on to my leader.  It's a pain in the ass, slides around easily and compromises the line.

So the general solution for myself is to load down flies with tungsten and non-toxic wire wrap. A heavy lead fly I've grown to admire on the Truckee is the Possie Bugger.  It gets a lighter dropper down quickly and although it doesn't quite resemble anything, it's natural movement can spark strikes.

Inspired by the Possie Bugger, I tied up some Possie styled Stoney looking buggies.  Generally a lot of stone flies don't seem to have the movement I like, so I tried to imitate some of the movement of the Possie Bugger with the psuedo-look of a Stone fly.  All in all a lot of my own successes on the Truckee have been brought not on realistic imitations but on impressionistic styled flies, natural movement and presentation.  So hence my trial at the Stoned Possie, something that will hopefully get deep, wiggle around a bit and resemble a little trout appetizer. 

Stoned Possie
Hook: MFC 7002 
Thread: Black 6/0
Weight: Non-Toxic Lead Wire
Tail: Natural Rabbit 
Rib: Black Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Dark Fox Squirrel Dubbbing
Throax: Arizona Synthetic Peacock Dubbing
Legs: MFC Centipede Legs: Med. Clear/Tan
Head: Gold Tungsten Bead



Luminescent Stoned Possie (LSP)
Hook: MFC 7002 
Thread: Black 6/0
Weight: Non-Toxic Lead Wire
Tail: Natural Rabbit (Fluffy Bunny Furs) 
Rib: Mirage Opal Tinsel & Black Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Australian Opossum
Throax: Arizona Synthetic Peacock Dubbing
Legs: MFC Centipede Legs: Med. Clear/Tan
Head: Gold Tungsten Bead

Adding the Opal Tinsel ribbing adds to my Sparkle Theory on the Truckee --
"Fish like Sparkles".  Well I guess it's not a theory, more like and idea I'd like to believe..  

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