Strange delusions?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Olive bugger, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Sipping my morning coffee, and opening Steve Raymond's book, BLUE UPRIGHT, I find that the first chapter deals with the Carey Special fly. After reading a few lines, my sleep laden mind drifted off to some of the Carey Specials I had fished in the past and the relative success of each one that I could recall. Then a great revelation brushed all that aside and I began to speculate about a PURPLE CAREY.

    Say, a number 8 hook, tied with a bright purple body and a pheasant tail hackle.

    What do you fellows think?

    Guess it wouldn't hurt to tie a couple and try them in a local water.

    Any thoughts?
  2. no thoughts, just memories of catching fish on the two purple carey's i tied last summer :) (it works)
  3. Thanks for the input.

    Is the pattern description in line with your fly pattern?
  4. OB, don't forget a lime green carey in smaller sizes and skinny bodies.
  5. Not sure I can handle two thoughts at the same time, Bill.

    So now I am going to have to load up a fly box with purple Careys and Lime green Careys. Add in the black and brown, perhaps a red or orange. Yep, I think I can fill another fly box.
  6. I tied up a red one one time. I got said pattern from Ive. Never did fish it as I moved away before I get that chance. Or I just got lazy.
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    I'm betting on the latter. LOL
  8. I tied up a purple carey. The guilt of not having that color got to me. I have an olive chennile, black, peacock, and now a purple bodied Carey Special. The guilt has lifted. :)
  9. The cary special strikes me as a pattern that could be used in a rainbow of colors, and sizes to bring the hurt on nearly everything that swims.
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  10. The self carey, the six pack, the green/red/peacock/yellow/lime green versions... Oh yeah, the groundhog bodied carey.

  11. Been there done that one... haven't fished it yet in a year and a half :rolleyes:
  12. We found it effective for damselfly nymphs that had just moulted.
  13. You speak of guilt. Now I feel guilty as well. I am thinking that I might dress that bug in a myriad of color. A rainbow if you will, of creative endeavor. Perhaps that will ease the pain of my slackard type behaivor.
  14. Best not forget to include some Doc Spratleys
  15. I got a Purple Willy, which is kind of related.....
  16. if i remember i had a couple pheasant rump feathers dyed purple i got somewhere which is what made me think of doing a purple carey. i used them for the hackle and a few barbs for the tail. then i did a dyed purple peacock herl body with a wine colored rib. one had a purple bead. i caught fish on lakes and a couple on the river.

  17. I'm always pleasantly surprised just how well my "mini" Docs do, when I can't quite match the emerger that's hatching.
  18. Purple buggers are hella-effective, don't see why a purple carey wouldn't work.
  19. I have tied some purple buggers, but I have not had an opportunity to test them.
  20. Purple has a time and place, just like wine(maroon).

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