Trout box must's

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by BootFish, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Jerry Metcalf FishyJere

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    Enumclaw, WA
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    To change this up a little bit - a black sharpie pen. These have saved me, I don't know how many times. I have a fly that is close but not right. Darker is almost always better and with the pen I can touch up my inventory to match. It has proved to be a valuable use of a small space over a lot of years.
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  2. ceviche Active Member

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    Shoreline, Washington, U.S.A.
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    Anyone who knows me knows that I never hit stillwater without my self-tied, design-tweaked, Carey Special. That fly has been my most productive. Then again, any fly you know how to fish is going to be successful for you.
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  3. KJPhotos New Member

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    Seattle
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    Olive Bugger or a Black Leech
  4. Paul Potter Member

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    Westport, WA
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    Great responses!
    For me, the Half Back...
  5. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    Kamloops B.C
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    No love for the Doc Spratley ?
    I tie them , but rarely ever use them , as I have other patterns I have more confidence in .
    You will always find some pheasant tail nymphs in my boxes for the mayfly hatches . Ditto for an ostrich herl mayfly nymph I tie .
    I also fish bloodworms quite a bit .
    But my most productive pattern , by far , is a small , red , angora goat leech .
    And I`d never want to be without a few of Brian Chans Stillwater Caddis Pupa , lots of different colored chironomids , some Careys , a few Knouff Lake Specials , some damsel and dragon nymphs , and the good old Tom Thumb for fishing on top .
    Of course .
  6. Steve Unwin Active Member

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    Edmonds, WA
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    I've had a lot of good luck with doc spratley. I usually try to carry those as well as a few Carey specials. Been trying to build up on chironomids and leeches too.

    My favorite dry has been turck's tarantula, with a GRHE hanging off.
  7. Olive bugger Active Member

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    Woodinville, WA
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    Orange and Partridge, Olive buggers, also brown and black. This year I am trying some dark red/black buggers.

    Green and Partridge seems to work too.
    Along with Gil's Monster.
  8. Cole L Fish Fiend

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    Bellingham
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    simi seal leeches, mids, and some select dry flies to imitate midges
  9. Chris Brittin Johnson Fly Flinging Fanatic

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    Rochester WA
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    Stone fly nymph and a PT.
  10. plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    Renton, WA
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    Purple buggers, Puget bugs, parachute Adams.
  11. Keith Hixson Active Member

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    College Place, Washington
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    Over 40 years ago when I first started fly fishing and tying flies I tied a fly that resembles the Nyerges Nymph. I didn't name the fly. Its an Olive Colored Fly with with palmered brown hackle and I usually put in a short tail of brown hackle. I trim down the saddle hackle a bit. I've caught fish in lakes and streams with it in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It works so I use it. Other flies, would be an assortment of wooley buggers, damsel fly nymphs, scuds, a few soft hackles (red ass) and an assortment of dry flies.