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A New Species

by Phillip Dobson
(Butte, MT)

Here in SW Montana, the target of flyfishers is almost always some sort of salmonid species. Last week was my first time landing something else in a recently reclaimed creek near town. After landing some nice cutthroats, I saw fish rising all over this calm pool, and while they'd strike my sz16 comparadun, I couldn't get a hookup. It was only after switching to a sz22 dry that I got one to shore. I'm not exactly sure what it is: some cyprinid I think, maybe a shiner?

I noticed something interesting after switching to a flatwing streamer and casting it to the pool. The small baitfish apparently considered the fly to be sufficiently realistic, as they'd school around it like it was one of their own. It was cool to see a swarm of a dozen fish following a fly that was bigger than them. I'm wondering if it would be effective to tie a tiny dropper behind so that it sits in the center of the school. A new microfishing technique that involves a 4" fly? I'll be sure to give it a try when I have a chance.

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Jul 23, 2016
Looks like a redside shiner
by: Chris Stewart

It looks like a redside shiner to me, but that is just from looking at the Peterson Field Guide. I've never caught one.

Jul 24, 2016
Creek name
by: Tom Davis

Was it Silver Bow Creek (a reclaimed creek) that you were fishing? I used to live on Blacktail Creek. Glad to see the cutthroats are back.

Jul 26, 2016
Silver Bow
by: Phillip Dobson

Yes it was Silver Bow. Over by Fairmont (Gregson) hot springs. It's very nice. We pulled a 16" cutthroat out last Sunday. I still need to explore more on the west side of the divide.

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