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    Here is a question too ponder on a wet, windy night:
    If you were sentenced to "One fly Purgatory" what would that one fly be? It would be most interesting if that fly (with variations in size and colors) would be used from here to New Zealand, rivers to small ponds, saltwater to spring creeks, and everything in between.

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    I guess I'd have to say either an Adams (parachute or irresistible) or a big black and olive articulated leech. If I was spending purgatory in Alaska, I'd definitely opt for the leech. If I could travel, I think I'd choose the Adams.

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    I would go with the wolly bugger. You could use it in black or olive for trout, and pink or chartreuse for salmon. I don't think there is a more versatile fly.

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    I am with Jake.

    Wooly buggers for me. Seems I read that Lefty Kreh had caught over a hundred species on the wb.
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    I'd go with a baitfish pattern I think, every game fish I know of will take a minnow pattern at some time

    If I could have all sizes and colors I'd go with the wooly bugger too I think
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Wooly bugger - no pondering required.

    As already mentioned, between natural and attractor colors you can tempt anything that swims.

    I'll go one step further and say that I'd go with a beadhead, flashabou, olive wooly bugger. Ponds, lakes, creeks, rivers, wherever - if I ever get to New Zealand, that'll be the first fly I tie on. Probably a size 6.

    Give me a flybook filled with nothing else (including a few BIG buggers to handle the salt) and I'd happily fish my way around the world. Come to think of it, I have one flybook that's pretty much filled with nothing else. Guess I'm set.
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    Lets see I've caught the following on a WB

    -King
    -Silver
    -Chum
    -Pink
    -Sockeye
    -Rainbow Trout
    -Northern Pike
    -Arctic Grayling
    -Dolly Varden
    -Cutthroat Trout
    -Whitefish

    Missing a few still... Like Lake Trout and Burbot... Gotta get the burbot...

    As you can tell I don't do much fishing out of Alaska
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    What about the clouser? Any takers? Certainly its better in the salt...

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    I'd take a bunny leech, and probably in white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippinlip View Post
    What about the clouser? Any takers? Certainly its better in the salt...
    you can make a woolly bugger look like a baitfish or a mayfly nymph but a clouser isn't gonna look like a mayfly nymph no matter how hard you try... Clousers are pretty good flies though
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    For me it would most definately be a clouser. Especially since saltwater covers most of the planet.

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    Sorry about kicking a dead thread but I am with everyone else, I think the Wooly buggers are my choice.

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    Default Egg-sucking leech

    My pick would be the egg sucking leech!

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    I'd have to say ye ole' leech!

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    I don't know about Alaska, but I never ever leave home without some #18 beadhead flashback pheasant tails around here. That's my skunk buster!

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    Well maybe I would try and sneak a a couple #18 or #20 zebra copper johns...

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    Purgatory? I can only hope that purgatory consist of fly fishing

    However, I would have to ask the creator, or whoever was holding me in such a state, if I would be in salt or fresh water.

    If fresh - no question for me, I choose the wooly bugger.

    If salt - I got to take the clouser.

    If the almighty was so kind to bless me by telling me I would be salmon fishing, I choose pink, but don't really care about the pattern!!!

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