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Ardís Nine Three (A Variation of the Original)
Tied by Ard Stetts
Ard's Nine Three

Name Ardís Nine Three
Category Steelhead/Rainbow/Char
Hook Alec Jackson Spey, 2050, size 1.5
Tag Wide silver tinsel
Butt Black ostrich herl
Body Wide silver tinsel
Throat Sparse white buck tail as long as the hook
Wing Two olive saddle hackles over which are tied two black saddle hackles
Topping Black crystal flash
Cheeks Jungle cock
Head Black mono cord

Ardís Nine Three was tied by Salmonfly.Net Contributing Fly Tyer Ard Stetts. You can see more of Ard's flies at The Flies of Ard Stetts . See his notes below:

Ard's Notes: The pattern ďArdís Nine ThreeĒ is my simple variation of the Nine Three, (circa 1930) a fly first tied by Dr. J. Hubert Sanborn of Waterville Maine to imitate the local fresh water smelt. The first land locked salmon caught by Mr. Sandborn on his creation weighed nine pounds three ounces. In my adaptation of the good doctorsí pattern I have added a ostrich butt & crystal flash topping to make the fly a little more elegant. The addition of the white belly (bucktail) makes its appearance more similar to our many salmon fry and fingerlings that are very abundant in most of the trout & char waters here in south central AK. That gives my spin on the nine three, I catch many large steelhead, rainbow & char on the fly.

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