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Purple and Blue Flies: Bogus on Top but Deadly Below the Surface

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Purple and Blue Flies: Bogus on Top but Deadly Below the Surface

Purple and blues have great value below the surfacevand little value on top.
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Sometimes it’s good to break up the winter doldrums by going out to lunch with a guide buddy. Which is exactly what I did yesterday with John Perizzolo, who guides for Breckenridge Outfitters, and also happens to make the “Hemo Holsters” that Joe Cermele featured in F&S’s Sportsman’s Wish List a few months ago.

As is usually the case, we got to talking about tips and techniques, stuff that works… and stuff that doesn’t work. J.P. spends a lot of time on the Colorado River, and he reaffirmed for me that when the fishing days are tough, one of his go-to flies is still the Purple Prince nymph. I’ve taken a shine to bright blue “Psycho Princes,” and those of you who follow Fly Talk and the magazine know that I’ve written quite a bit on the virtues of purple and blue nymphs and streamers. J.P. and I are also still keen on adding U/V ‘hotspots” on flies that we know we will fish deep.

“But what about purple dry flies, do you catch many on them?” I asked J.P.

“Nah, I don’t fish them much,” he answered.

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