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How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:01 pm
by Laminarman
I just tie it as intended- I'm boring I guess- with the natural snowshoe hare color and whatever body. After that other excellent thread on the Haystack I tied up a bunch in all colors and sizes- really sloppy and buggy looking. I'm wondering if folks get creative with the Usual too? I only own natural snowshoe fur. For now. I haven't seen that it mattered but then again like I said, I only have that one color.

Re: How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:46 pm
by squish67
Bill Phillips showed me the Usual some 40+ years ago around this time of the year. I still tie it the same way, snowshoe rabbit and florescent orange thread, and it is still my go to fly. I tie it in twelves to twenty fours.

Rich

Re: How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:29 pm
by Eperous
Years ago Art Lee wrote a great article---"The Usual With a Twist"--- on Usual variations... he basically used this pattern to match most Catskill mayfly hatches... my favorite two are BWO & Sulfurs, these are the only variations that I tie/fish, and I think they are effective at times...

FYI, scroll down: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5986&hilit=usual

Ed

Re: How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:07 am
by Laminarman
Thank you very much. I might try the Usual with a different tail as in the thread you posted. Seems I've always done better with those with a big, forward canted ugly and mushy snowshoe wing rather than sparsely tied. Don't know if it captures air bubbles or what.

Re: How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:54 pm
by Zak
I tie some unusual usuals, and use snowshoe for wings on lots of things. I like Weilenmann's Regular:

https://youtu.be/rbW8IWGGhPU

And tie variations on this:
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Hard to beat the original with hot orange thread, though.

Re: How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:15 pm
by Zak
An unusual Hex:
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Re: How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:57 am
by ted patlen
last year i encountered a callibaetis spinner fall without my spinners in tow...but i had an usual the right size and bent the hel out of the "wing" into a spent position...worked like a charm

Re: How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:11 am
by Zak
Here's an unusual based on "Betts Generic Bug" from Stewart & Allen, Flies for Trout, 1993.
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Re: How many UNUSUAL ways do you tie the Usual???

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:37 pm
by Zak
red "quill" usual
red "quill" usual
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