Hatches 2012: The Only by John McCoy

Magazine — By on August 7, 2012 3:46 pm

When Lewis fishes for trout, chances are he has a nymph tied to his tippet. Nine times out of 10, it will be a particular nymph, a pattern he developed more than nine years ago. Lewis uses the nymph so often his father nicknamed it “the Only,” short for “the only nymph Joe will use.” Lewis uses the Only for one overarching reason: It catches trout.
It has taken trout from the big-name rivers of Montana to the little-known freestone creeks of West Virginia. It has caught big trout. It has caught small trout. It has caught them for Lewis, it has caught them for Lewis’ father, and it has caught them for people who hired Lewis to help guide them. Like many successful flies, the Only was created to combine the fish-catching characteristics of one pattern with the fish-catching characteristics of another.

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  1. Ted Roesch says:
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    Variants are a fisherman’s guarantee of activity on most trips. They all have times/seasons of less than stunning results. I have a few fav’s of my own that show up persistantly in my spread sheets (one I haven’t used for 3 seasons and it is still leading the `Total’ fish count).

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  2. AKRuss says:

    I read the article on “The Only” and it looks like a good nymph. I was wondering why the author used a synthetic dubbing instead of regular fur from a hare’s ear? Thanks! Russ

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