Strange delusions?

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

  1. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    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. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    no thoughts, just memories of catching fish on the two purple carey's i tied last summer :) (it works)
  3. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    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

    OB, don't forget a lime green carey in smaller sizes and skinny bodies.
  5. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    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. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    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.
  7. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    I'm betting on the latter. LOL
  8. Keith Hixson

    Keith Hixson Active Member

    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. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

    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. zen leecher aka bill w

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

    The self carey, the six pack, the green/red/peacock/yellow/lime green versions... Oh yeah, the groundhog bodied carey.
  11. Kaiserman

    Kaiserman content

    Been there done that one... haven't fished it yet in a year and a half :rolleyes:
  12. zen leecher aka bill w

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

    We found it effective for damselfly nymphs that had just moulted.
  13. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    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. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

    Best not forget to include some Doc Spratleys
  15. Krusty

    Krusty Active Member

    I got a Purple Willy, which is kind of related.....
  16. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    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. Kaiserman

    Kaiserman content

    I'm always pleasantly surprised just how well my "mini" Docs do, when I can't quite match the emerger that's hatching.
  18. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

    Purple buggers are hella-effective, don't see why a purple carey wouldn't work.
  19. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    I have tied some purple buggers, but I have not had an opportunity to test them.
  20. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    Purple has a time and place, just like wine(maroon).