By Syd Lilly - Madam X
Two years ago, Kent Schoenauer,
our Patagonia fishing guide recommended a fly that I had
not fished with before….The Madame X. I contacted
Pat Ehlers at the Fly Fisher Shop in Milwaukee (414-259-8100)
him to tie a few dozen in large sizes for the trip to Argentina
and Chile. Pat used a size 6 hook in deer hair, but had
to go to a longer elk hair for the size 4 hooks.
The Madam X is an excellent
attractor pattern when tied correctly. They imitate many
terrestrials including the hopper, cicada, dragonfly as
well as many other large insects that big brown and rainbow
trout love to attack. Using a 5 weight line and an Orvis
bamboo rod Icast and drift the Madam X quietly back and
forth along the reeds, frequently recasting the same areas
several times. I did well with this fly in both Argentina
and on Lake Yelcho at Lion's Bay in Chile.
One thing about big fly patterns
is that they float. You never have to wonder if you
have a strike. We use many different type of fly patterns
while fishing with Kent, but last year the Madam X was the
hottest one for me. Surprisingly though, I caught allot
of very big fighting trout on the deer hair with the size
6 hook, but didn't get one bite on the size 4 in elk hair.
The elk hair was a much lighter color, but who knows why
a trout goes for a fly in one color and not in another.
I won't throw the elk hairs away though, because next fly
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