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#1 easterngray

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 02:46 PM

Gray Fox Variant, sz. 12.

 

It's originator, Art Flick, often said:

"If I had one fly to fish, the Gray Fox Variant would be my choice."

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#2 roddy

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 04:08 PM

Well done, Alec. I shall ty some for next season.

 

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 04:53 PM

Excellent fly Alec!!!!!!!


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#4 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:10 PM

Hi Alec,

 

It's a beauty. I think I heard that quote. Last summer, as a result of a few comments here, I tried to tie and fish a coupe of variants, but had no luck. Honestly, I saw a trout attack a floating seed that looked like a variant of a cottonwood or some such thing (!), but couldn't get one to take my fake. I probably returned to a Wulff, Red Quill or beetle; maybe an ant, Adams, caddis.....another dry, then - but no wets or nymphs, GEERT!!!!!!!!!!

 

Oh well.

 

Your fly sure is pretty.

 

Best,

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#5 easterngray

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 05:46 PM

Thanks fellas... Can't beat a Wulff Dale!
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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:17 PM

Dear ALEC,

 

A fly to my 'heart'...

 

Ah ah ah with reading and rereading so many times this last thirty years  the book 'The Masters on the Dry Fly' ...it was evident that this pattern also took the attention of  European flytyers ...and flyfishermen !!!...the pattern resembles enough to cope with some of 'our' flies who hatch and come across during the year !!!

 

Love the mix of 'cream' of any of those "GRAY FOX...or variants"...

 

You tied this fly realy realy exellent my friend !!!...more please !!!

 

Geert

 

 


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:28 PM

Nice tyin Alec!!



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Posted 03 January 2016 - 02:26 AM

Hackle looks big enough to go on a size 6 dry fly hook.  Hackle is much to long for a hook of this size.



#9 easterngray

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 11:35 PM

Good eye Gordeaux! Like spiders, the Variant style flies are tied with oversize hackles and tails. Thanks for commenting! :)


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#10 ted patlen

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 03:00 PM

if my mind remembers correctly...Flick loved to fish these facing downstream, with the wind blowing down so he could keep a relatively short line and the only thing that touched the water was the fly.  he popped, skated bounced and dabbed the fly around any rocks as he waded down through the riffles/pocket waters.      basically a living insect.   it is a very effective fly and will bring fish to the surface during those times when most fishermen are saying the rivers dead, no life, i'm hungry etc....



#11 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 03:02 PM

Thanks for that info Ted. I hear you fish spiders.
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