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    SIMPLE BAITFISH

    This baitfish pattern provides a perfect jumping-off point for tyers wanting to build their arsenal for either warm-water or saltwater, as it uses a few common materials, isn't particular on color, and doesn't require complicated techniques.

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    HARE'S EAR

    At the confluence of effectiveness and simplicity is the mighty Hare's Ear.  Here is a riff on the old standard, which will liven things up at the vise and on the water.

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    ELK HAIR CADDIS

    If you’re grading on effectiveness, simplicity, and adaptability, the Elk Hair Caddis scores an 11. Tied with just a few materials, it can be dressed up in countless ways to match specific caddis hatches. 

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    SICKNESS SCUD

    Scuds are an important food source for trout.  Whether you want to add a hot spot (as demonstrated here) or try and match what you're finding in your local waters, you'll be able to use this basic pattern as a jumping off point.

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    COPPER JOHN

    The Copper John is the perfect fly in that it doesn't mimic one thing but represents many, and has a little bit of everything: a little flash, a little movement, a little weight.

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    FURLED CADDIS

    This is a cool little caddis nymph that can be swung, dead drifted, or high sticked.  The furled body extends away from the hook, giving it a unique profile and a little extra movement.

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    REAPER MADNESS

    Based on a bass lure called a Reaper, this pattern is intended to be fished in warm water.  It sinks quickly and rides upside-down (as it is tied on a jig hook) so it won't be as likely to get caught in the weeds.  It's most note-worthy quality: movement, and lots of it.

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    FRENCHIE

    The Frenchie is a member of an increasingly popular family of flies: competition nymphs. With a recipe that consists of only a few materials, it is a great way to fill boxes quickly with an effective, quick-sinking little fish catcher.

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