What I need to know about flys sizes 18 and under?

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Top in my class, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Thin to win. Most WA fishers would fail miserably and do fail when it comes to understanding a trouts diet. Dont believe me? Take a throat sample and see or yourself, don't guess it, match it. Now if I could tie a #30 Daphnia. ;)
  2. One thing that helps with small flies is to fish them dropped off a bigger, more visible fly. Like for the trico hatch in Montana, I use a #14 Royal Trude and a #22-24 trike spinner 18" off the hook bend. Works great and sometimes you will even hook a nice one on the Trude. I do the same with BWO emergers on the Missouri in the fall. The only bad thing about those small flies is seeing big trout come unbuttoned so often! Still a lot of fun! Rick

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