Fly selection

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Cactus, Oct 14, 2002.

  1. Cactus

    Cactus Dana Miller

    What would be a good selection of flys to start my collection? I'm looking mainly for fresh water flys, dry and wet, for WA streams and rivers with some lakes also. They will be used for trout.

    I'm interested in good, every day patterns that can be used pretty much everywhere. Please include sizes as well.

  2. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    What do I know---I'm just an old man

    I'll give you a few and if everyone else answers this you will have quite a few to choose from.

    Elk Hair Caddis in olive,brown,black,sizes 12,14,16, and some 18.
    Royal Wulff,sizes 12,14,16,18
    Blue winged Olives some parachutes, some not, sizes 14,16,18,20,22.
    Humpies,royal(red),black,yellow,lime green, sizes 12,14,16.

  3. Cactus

    Cactus Dana Miller

    Thanks, Old man!

    Keep those suggestions coming everyone.
  4. alpinetrout

    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

    Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ear Nymphs are must haves. I use mostly bead-heads, but I'd carry a selection of both with and without beads.
  5. troutman101

    troutman101 Member

    These are great choices Jim.

    All I can say is, Olive Wooly Bugger.
  6. FishPirate

    FishPirate New Member

    Can't go wrong with an adams, or a griffith's gnat. . .
  7. ceviche

    ceviche Active Member

    red, black floss Chironomid pupae(for lakes): sizes 10-14
    olive and black woolly buggers: sizes 10 & 8
    Gold ribbed Hare's ear, with & w/out bead head
    Marabou Leech(for lakes): long shank size 10 hook
    Thin Mint Leech(for lakes) for spring opener
    Pheasant Tail nymphs
  8. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    What do I know---I'm just an old man

    I just noticed that all I listed was dries. I guess that I like to fish them.

  9. troutman101

    troutman101 Member

    Gee, do you just 'toon around? Looks like a lake fisherman diet.
  10. Randy Knapp

    Randy Knapp Active Member

    Keeping to readily available patterns rather than my own or specialty patterns and in the most useful size.

    Beadhead nymphs:

    Prince Nymph or Zug Bug, 12
    Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, 16

    Wet fly:

    Peacock soft hackle, 14

    Dry flies:

    Parachute Adams, 18
    Elk hair caddis in tan and peacock,14
    Orange Stimulator, 8
    Royal Coachman or Royal Wulff or Renegade, 12
    Light Cahill or PMD, 16


    Black Woolly Bugger, 8
    Muddler Minnow, 8
    Deceiver Green over White, 2
    Clouser style in hot pink, 6
    Micky Finn, 8


    Lightning Bug or flashback pheasant tail, 18
    Griffith gnat, 18


    black ant with brown hackle/wing, 14


    glo bug, spawn fly, 10
    San Juan worm, 12

    Just one guy's opinion.

  11. ceviche

    ceviche Active Member

    Yeah, and so what? Yup, I do mostly fish the lakes, but that's only because I can't bring myself to take home those hard-struggling river trout. All I can say is that, if it was born in a hatchery, then you damn well better have a well thought out gourmet recipe to honor the fish's hapless life in order to better deliver it to the Elysian Lakes and Streams. Otherwise, C&R or don't fish.
  12. ceviche

    ceviche Active Member

    Yo Randy,

    I need to ask you about these particular flies:

    "Peacock soft hackle, 14...
    ...Elk hair caddis in tan and peacock,14"

    What exactly are these, and how are they tied? I'm trying to visualize these and cannot. Can you help me with the method for tying and how they should be fished for what, as well. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    BTW, excellent selection of flies! :THUMBSUP
  13. Randy Knapp

    Randy Knapp Active Member

    Peacock Soft Hackle

    Size 14 dry fly hook
    Black thread
    Peacock herl body
    One or two turns of any soft hackle like partridge, grouse or grizzly or black hen

    Just wrap the thread back to the bend. Tie in four or 5 strands of peacock herl and twist them around the thread like a rope and then wrap the rope forward and tie off with the thread. Tie in the hackle and take a turn or two and tie off.

    Cast it like you would a dry fly but it will also catch fish on the swing or even subsurface like a nymph or emerger

    Peacock Caddis

    size 14 dry fly hook
    black thread
    peacock herl
    elk or deer hair

    Wrap the thread back to the bend
    Tie in 4 or 5 strands of peacock herl
    Twist the herl around the thread to make a rope and wrap the rope forward and tie off
    Place a wooden match size bunch of elk or deer hair just behind the eye and tie off.

    Fish it as a dry but it will also catch fish on the swing.

    Just substitute tan dubbing for the peacock herl for the tan caddis. I meant two different color elk hair caddis flies. One with a dark body and one light not the two combined into one. I don't palmer a hackle through my bodies because it isn't necessary but the ones you buy probably will. Just trim it off if the fish want the fly riding lower in the film.

  14. ceviche

    ceviche Active Member


    Very good, and thanks, Mon! I'll tie up a few for the next time I fish running water.

    --Dave E.
  15. Scott Rethke

    Scott Rethke Member

    So far it looks like people have given you a good list of flies to use. I will give you a few of my favorite:

    Joe's Hopper
    Orange/Yellow Stimulator
    Royal Wulff

    These are really basic patterns and I would recommend having them in a variety of sizes.

    Also, try to get a Kaufmann's Flyfishing catalog. Their selection is pretty good, but more than that it will tell you "must have" flies and flies that work in any condition (ex.-they say that the Stimulator is their fly to select if they could only have one dry fly).

    Hope some of this helps!
  16. wantwetwitch

    wantwetwitch New Member

    Check out this website

    There is some great stuff there
    from many great flytiers. I'm sure you will recognise many.
    My stuff is under Roy Christie
    tight lines,
  17. mcronariver

    mcronariver New Member

    Those are some unique and innovative patterns.

  18. wantwetwitch

    wantwetwitch New Member

    well thank you sir, we aim to please.
    Also have lots more as yet unpublished
    Tight lines to all on the Pen
  19. DryFlyBudha

    DryFlyBudha New Member

    Here are a few that I didn't see mentioned, but you have a wealth of ideas now I'm sure.

    Dry flies to try for trout, searun -
    Royal Coachman 10 - 16
    Soft hackles (variety of colors) fairly basic but effective sizes 10 on down

    Wet flies for steel and returning river salmon -
    Wooly worms and Buggers, I like size 6 and 8
    Polar Shrimp 4 - 8
    Orange Thor patterns 6 and 8

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