I received an interesting e-mail from a angler about a fly and some success he has been having. He asked me if I had ever fished a fly called a "Ausable Ugly", to be honest I have never heard any thing about the fly. He said it had been producing very well for him on wild brook trout. I looked up the fly and it has that unmistakeable look of an Adirondack fly. The fly was similar to a wooly bugger. It had a bead head and was a buggy looking specimen.
He said that the fly was much better than the soft hackles he had been previously using. I suggested the reason for the fly being so effective was the fact that the bead was allowing the fly to get down near the bottom where the brookies were feeding. I said to him that I thought that the streams temperature has been running colder than normal, and the trout were slow to look up. Give the water a few weeks to warm a bit and the table will be set higher... and the soft hackles and dries shall dominate in the small streams.
While these flies do not incorporate a brass bead they are still weighted. I use a under wrap of non-lead wire which brings the fly down.
The Ausable Ugly with a hair cut.
These flies have a lot of Jack Gartside about them.