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The Little Lehigh is a spring creek. It ‘s blessed with a fertile biomass consisting mostly of midges. Midges are the meat and potatoes of this stream. They appeal to selective and opportunistic feeders. The odds of catching fish here increase as the size of the fly and tippet goes down. Ann MacIntosht tells us, in her book, not to listen to the “experts” on the Little Lehigh.” She feels large flies are effective here. While I disagree with Ann on her view if experts, I seek expert advise whenever I can get it, I will conceed there are times larger patterns work.

Shortly after the shop opened in 1993, I watched a guy flinging around large flies and he was catching fish! I began to notice he was a frequent visitor to the stream. Whatever the “Humming Bird” he was flinging around was, it worked. And it worked consistently, even in discolored water!

As time went by, I got to meet Dave Baker of Main Line Fly Tyers” fame. He shared is “Flymph” patterns with me.

The first one is dressed as follows:

Hook: #12 3906

Thread: orange or black

Tail: Black Marabou

Dubbing: Black rabbit

Hackle: Coachman brown. 1 ½ turns

The second is tyed as follows:

Hook: #12 3906

Thread: orange

Tail: Partridge (split)

Ribbing: Gold wire

Dubbing: Mixed hares ear and Red fox fur

Hackle: GROUSE. 1 ½ turns

Dave casts the “flymph” upstream. He fishes it dead drift with a twitch. Many times the trout will hit it on the swing.

Give the “flymph” a try in discolored water. You will surprise yourself.

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