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Bill Barker has been tying and fishing for brown trout for 57 years, which makes him more qualified than most to pick four top-producing patterns. The ones he keeps in his box at all times: the Bucktail Coachman, a fuzzier Montana Stone nymph, the Bucktail Caddis, and the Muddler Minnow.
“The Muddler Minnow is a favorite meal for Browns. You should carry a selection ranging from large, size 4, through small, size 12. Big ones can be fished deep or shallow to imitate minnows. Small versions provide a good imitation for Caddis flies and other bulky terrestrials. If you’re fishing Muddlers wet, give them some action.” In Oregon’s Democrat Herald.