Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Darters


Darters are abundant in the trout streams and warm waters I fish. When I find a good bugger hatch I like a barred streamer. The Dirty Mop fits the bill. Iowa reports 16 species of darters. This Spring, be sure to tie on a rusty orange/brown bugger to emulate the spawning darter.

Iowa Darter - USGS info - good stuff
Darters

6 comments:

  1. Great-looking fly! Is the underbody some sort of flashy dubbing?

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    1. Hey Dave – I use flashy chenille. Copper on the brown buggers and some type of olive on those greenies.

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  2. John
    Thanks for the tip I will use some of the Darters I have come spring--in fact I saw a tiny Darter on our tailrace last fall in a shallow pool.

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  3. hope to come across some darters over here in my neck of the woods this year when i plan on doing some minnow trapping with the kiddos

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  4. John, I love the ones you sent my way a while back. I've hung on to a few. Do you typically tie them light and fish a splitshot or do you tie others heavier?

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    1. Hey Justin – I like to wrap the hook shank with lead wire so they have some weight. Even then, I often throw on a split shot if the fish aren't chasing things down.

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