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#11415008 - 02/15/16 09:23 AM Devils River - Dream fly box
centex7 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/03/15
Posts: 18
I'm planning a trip to the Devils this fall. What would you pack in your fly box? The regulars like clousers and deer hair poppers will be present. What else?

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#11415088 - 02/15/16 09:59 AM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
Texjbq Offline
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Registered: 02/10/15
Posts: 48
Loc: San Marcos, Tx
Some craw patterns and Gulley Worms.

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#11418250 - 02/16/16 03:53 PM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
winchester44 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/13/07
Posts: 863
Loc: Fort Worth
I was there in March 2 years back. I hammererd big bright clousers at them, but they seemed to spook at the the splash and bright colors in that crystal water. Don't think I caught a single one on a clouser. Caught maybe two on small poppers. Subtle presentation, smaller flies with more natural colors seemed to do it for me. Caught a few on Olive Wooly Buggers with Crystal flash. Biggest fish for me was caught on a classic little black girdle bug with white legs. That Smallmouth was pushing 4 pounds and in that current gave my 5 weight the fight of it's life.

I had tied on the girdle bug to cast at a carp when the small mouth spotted it from about 15 feet away. I would definitely bring your favorite carp flies if you are into them. There are some big ones once you get below Dolan Falls. I bet I saw a hundred over 10 pounds on the stretch next to blue sage just didn't have time to pull over and put the stalk on them. Next time.........

Did a lot of snorkeling, didn't see any crayfish, but I'm sure they are there. There are lots of small bait fish running around. The fly I really wish I had had would have been a big foam dragon fly. Those were everywhere at that time.


Edited by winchester44 (02/16/16 04:13 PM)

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#11418780 - 02/16/16 07:49 PM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
JdDurango Offline
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Registered: 05/13/13
Posts: 84
Man, sounds like a neat trip. I'm jealous.

Been wanting to do that forever and just need to get a crew and get it done.

How many nights is a typical trip?


Edited by JdDurango (02/16/16 07:50 PM)

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#11418792 - 02/16/16 07:53 PM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
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Registered: 02/02/10
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I've only done the trip once, had good luck on olive/orange clouser darters.
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#11419049 - 02/16/16 09:36 PM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
centex7 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/03/15
Posts: 18
Thanks guys, I enjoyed that video last week. I appreciate the help. Rod choice is also open to discussion. Either 5wt or 7/8wt. I'm considering the bigger rod because of the size of fish I've seen in pictures and the wind I've experienced while climbing and hunting close by on the Pecos.

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#11419099 - 02/16/16 10:01 PM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
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I'd take both in case you break one, but would primarily fish the 7/8 if I was you. I took a 5 and a 7 and fished them both equally.
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#11419711 - 02/17/16 08:36 AM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
Bowfin47 Offline
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Registered: 05/08/09
Posts: 173
Loc: south Louisiana
Really enjoyed the video!

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#11420033 - 02/17/16 10:32 AM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: 2FlyFish4]
Fitz® Offline
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Registered: 08/12/10
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Loc: Feeding Time
Originally Posted By: 2FlyFish4


I've only done the trip once, had good luck on olive/orange clouser darters.


Nice video! Is that a bear before the turkey?
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#11421093 - 02/17/16 05:59 PM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
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its a coon playing along the river.
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#11421822 - 02/17/16 10:33 PM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: centex7]
robert hunter Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 3353
Lmao almost txt you to ask same thing 2fly. The posture of it just had a little bear feel to it. I mean I know the Bears they occasionally have around there full-grown are about the size of a black lab but still lol.
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#11424980 - 02/19/16 10:21 AM Re: Devils River - Dream fly box [Re: 2FlyFish4]
winchester44 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/07
Posts: 863
Loc: Fort Worth
Originally Posted By: 2FlyFish4
I'd take both in case you break one, but would primarily fish the 7/8 if I was you. I took a 5 and a 7 and fished them both equally.


Sage advice. I would place the odds of breaking one north of 50%. Keep everything strapped down as much as possible. Bring a mask and snorkle. We lost and recovered tons of gear and found a lot of gear as well. I bet we could have filled half a canoe with stuff we found and gave to the Warden at the take out.

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