I had tied a half dozen of these before I arrived in Northern NH for the summer - all were either destroyed by aggressive strikes or broken off! I ordered a dozen from the Fly Shop as 'emergency replacement' and haven't been disappointed. This is a fabulous pattern for larger trout and smallmouth bass. Also caught a sizeable (18") landlocked salmon on one. The strikes are violent, even by smaller fish. This is a must-have fly to pull cross current or toss along a bank.