Strange delusions?

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  1. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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

    Is the pattern description in line with your fly pattern?
     
  4. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    OB, don't forget a lime green carey in smaller sizes and skinny bodies.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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. :)
     
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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    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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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    The self carey, the six pack, the green/red/peacock/yellow/lime green versions... Oh yeah, the groundhog bodied carey.
     
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    Been there done that one... haven't fished it yet in a year and a half :rolleyes:
     
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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    We found it effective for damselfly nymphs that had just moulted.
     
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    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.
     
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    Best not forget to include some Doc Spratleys
     
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    I got a Purple Willy, which is kind of related.....
     
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    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.
     
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    I'm always pleasantly surprised just how well my "mini" Docs do, when I can't quite match the emerger that's hatching.
     
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    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    Purple buggers are hella-effective, don't see why a purple carey wouldn't work.
     
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    I have tied some purple buggers, but I have not had an opportunity to test them.
     
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    Purple has a time and place, just like wine(maroon).
     

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