What are your favorite early season flies?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by David Bershtein, Mar 10, 2013.


What are your favorite early season flies?

  1. March brown wet

    5 vote(s)
  2. Light Cahill wet

    0 vote(s)
  3. Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear

    13 vote(s)
  4. Wet caddis

    3 vote(s)
  5. Black wooly bugger

    9 vote(s)
  6. Stonefly nymph

    15 vote(s)
  7. Royal coachman

    5 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. There is more magic, mystery and suspense in that first cast of the season for me than at any other time. What fly to use when there is a rushing spring melt and no rising trout?

    The fish are in there, they eat every day and they have never read a book on fishing. And the first fly out of the box is?
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  2. Albertpatterson

    Albertpatterson New Member

    I think it is royal coachman. What is the exact answer?
  3. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    SJW get them every time.
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  4. Theron

    Theron Active Member

    Here in the MId-West the wooly bugger is a good early season choice. The other is the royal wulff.
  5. ken2cross

    ken2cross Member

    That's a great question and I never have known what to start with, so I pick something:D
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  6. Albert, a Royal Coachman is a great choice. They are little works of art
  7. What size bugger do you prefer? Black, brown or green? Bead head or pain? The biggest wild brown I ever caught was on a huge green bugger
  8. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Your list is of east coast flies. There's a big difference in choices between east coast and west coast. Woolly Bugger works in lakes out here and the stonefly nymph for starting out in the streams. Rest of yours look good in a display case here.

    Now if it was April 1960 and I was fishing with my uncle in Pennsylvania....he'd have on a March Brown and I'd be using a Light Cahill. And I'd have that hand me down outfit with the enameled dry line that kinda floated and no backing as it wasn't needed.
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  9. Theron

    Theron Active Member

    Early in the season when the male blue gill are guarding the nests I like a black bugger in a size 10 or 12. This is actually more on a mini-bugger I suppose. The bass seem to like either an olive or black bugger in a 6 - 8. I fish bead head or plain depending on how deep I need to get the fly.
  10. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    I see the reason for the fly choices. With the exception of the royal coachman, these are the snelled choices on your website.

    I'm toying with creating a dropper fly leader and old style wets just for nostalgia.
  11. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    The Washington general opener for streams is in the first Sat in June. We'll still be getting runoff, but it'll be pretty warm here east of the cascades. The fish are hungry and pushed into the side channels. My first cast will be with a size 8 or 10 PMX in hopes of tricking a hungry Cutthroat.
  12. I know he protests that it isn't so, but a troll by any other name, is still a troll.
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  13. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

    Buttugly BIg Beadheaded Banana Yellow streamer...bout twelve casts into Pass lake this weekend, right up against a bank, BAM, brown trout....as Borat says... Hi Five!
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  14. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

    Not another troll
  15. Kevin J. Burnham

    Kevin J. Burnham Active Member

    I would start off with Streamers. My second choice Streamers and my third choice close behind that would be the Streamer !!!
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  16. Stone flies are leading the poll. Comments on color, size?
    Wooly buggers are also big: Color, size?
    Any love for the gold-ribbed hare's ear? Caught my biggest brown on one....
  17. Kevin J. Burnham

    Kevin J. Burnham Active Member

    Hare's ear is the one I got my second largest Brown on. I like large darker colored rabbit stuff in off colored water in early season.
  18. bjornjon

    bjornjon Member

    None of the above. Streamer drug off the bank.
  19. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    My top fly based on years of usage on the opener is a green (wool) carey special. Probably used that on over half of the openers I participated in.
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  20. What is your favorite streamer?