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Dougherty's Paddler:

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Dougherty's Paddler (Top to bottom - Yellow, Crayfish orange, Grey and Original orange)

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Materials

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Hook: Size 8 Tiemco TMC 105 or similar

Thread: Color-matching thread

Eyes: Dumbbell eyes, yellow with black pupil preferred

Body: Black chenille or rabbit dubbing

Tail: Orange rabbit zonker strip

Flash: Several strands of gold Krystal Flash

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The original paddler is tied with black and orange, however a multitude of colors may be substituted to match local bait variations or artistic flare.

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History

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Sometimes old patterns are still the best.  I developed this pattern in the mid to late 80's. Regardless of time, this pattern possesses key features that still make it productive today.  Originally, yellow plastic beaded sewing pins were used as eyes prior to the development of Clouser-style dumbbell eyes.

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What makes this fly a successful pattern?

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1. The name Paddler comes from the emitted motion provided by the tail. Upon retrieve, the rabbit tail wiggles or "paddles" up and down much like a beaver tail.

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2. The krystal flash is not constrained by other materials, i.e. bucktail or synthetics and thus is free to move and flash illustriously.

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3. The black head provides a sharp contrast to the yellow eyes, making the eye a bull's eye to feeding fish.

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4. The bright orange tail increases visual acuity while tracking the fly through the water. This in turn generates higher hook-up percentages by allowing the fishermen to watch the fly and anticipate strikes.

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Dougherty's Paddler has caught panfish and slews of smallies from both the Conodoguinet Creek and Susquehanna River. It's always a good idea to add a few of these simple to tie flies to your fly box.

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