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    Default Russian River trout

    never fished the russian for trout but will be down this coming weekend and will have my five weight in case the reds are a no show...can anyone give me a heads up on what the trout in that river prefer? egg patterns or mostly the brown buggy stuff? any tid bits would be great! thanks
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    I caught a few on flesh patterns, typically later, but probably getting close. Also on the eggsucking leeches, and even a few on caddis

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    they'll take flesh, eggs, and all the standard bead head nymphs (prince, p-tail, hare's ear....) try fishing on top (#10 stimulator), but if you don't get hit in the first 20-30 casts, then you're probably wasting your time up there and need to go back to nymphing. good luck
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    I don't use anything but egg and flesh patterns on the Russian. I use beads later on, you can't fish those currently ("fly fishing only waters" until sometime in August).

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    Default I'll let you in on a RR secret

    One day I was fishing for bows on the russian and just downstream there was another guy doing the same. I was catching fish but this other guy was just slaughtering them! I tried to fish closer to him to get a look at what he was fishing (of, course I couldn't just ask him in fear of losing my pride). It looked like a little 1/2" to 1" crescent moon and it was white. A couple weeks later I was back fishing in the same area and I saw one of these "moons" in a pool close by. I picked it up and sure enough it was exactally what this guy was useing. Turns out it was a dead smolt/fry pattern. What happens is when these smolt patterns die, they go belly up and turn white. Then they float/flow down stream and the bows go crazy! It can easily double your productivity. It's a little early to be fishing egg patterns right now and there is some flesh in the river from fish cleaning but not yet at it's full potential.
    However, there is a catch. You can not buy these things anywhere. I've looked. You have to make them. You can paint a smolt/fry pattern, or be creative and tie your own.
    Oh, one more catch. Don't tell anyone about this.

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    lol thanks KUB, it'll be our little secret....
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    I have caught many many bows on the bead headed princess nymph. I used it last weekend and over about 5 hours on the russian caught around 9 fish from 12 to 18 inches
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