Wilderness Fishing Flies...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Teenage Entomologist, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    I you had to pick 5 fly patterns for small mountain streams and lakes(aka. Wilderness fishing), what would they be?

    My favorites...
    - Mercers Missing Link
    - Mercers Micro Mayfly
    - BH Fox Poopah
    - Poxyback Hares Ear
    - Ant Fly( Oswalds Foam Para-Ant)
  2. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    the beach
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    PT
    EHC
    WB
    Adams
    GRHE


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  3. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    Bozeman, MT
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    Royal Wulff
    Copper John
    Bugmeister
    Klinkhammer Hare's Ear
    Conehead Marabou Muddler
  4. wichaka Active Member

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    White Salmon, Washington
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    BWO Quill Parachute
    EHC - Tan
    Hare's Ear Parachute
    Red Quill Spinner
    Royal Wulff
  5. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    I wouldn't think of venturing into the wilderness without a few Woolly Worms.

    Jack
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  6. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    How do you fish Wooly Worms? As a streamer I'm guessing? And are they a favorite of Brookies?
  7. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Couldn't have picked a better list if I had tried.
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  8. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    You can fish a Woolly Worm just like you do a Woolly Bugger. Nymph it like a stonefly, strip it like a damsel/leech/minnow, throw on some floatant and fish it dry.
  9. JoshL98 Member

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    Surrey Bc
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    Elk hair caddis
    Adams dry
    Royal wull
    Prince nymph
    Copper John
  10. Alexander Fishon

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    black wooly bugger
    tan foam beetle
    black foam beetle
    black foam ant
    hopper

    In my experience fish in the wilderness aren't very selective, they eat whatever. I've fished black beetles in the winter in creeks in MT with great success. Brookies are especially aggressive, I dig those fish!
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  11. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Seems you like your terrestrials Alex?
  12. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Purple Haze (never leave home w/o one)
    PMD
    PT
    EHC
    Humpy
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  13. Alexander Fishon

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    I do, big meals get their attention, especially when the food supply in the water is scarce. If the creek or river is small enough to where you can cast to the other bank it doesn't hurt to bounce one of the bank into the water. ;) And since the bug would be struggling a perfect drift is not mission critical. :D

    OK I have two more subsurface favorites, old school soft hackle patterns (for the action the hackles provide) and a basic Hare's Ear Nymph, sometimes tied with partridge hackle. ;)

    Look at that poor little Trout caught in the winter on a hopper... :) I did kind of feel bad for it since the fish's mouth was rather stuffed.

    Oh yeah and did I mention that I'm a Soft Hackle fanatic? ;)
    IMG_3781.JPG IMG_3782.JPG IMG_3783.JPG soft hackle.jpg soft hackle 1.jpg soft hackle 2.jpg soft hackle 3.jpg
  14. JoshL98 Member

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  15. Drifter Active Member

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    I like your softies! We must think alike. Really love that first one - looks real-real fishy!!!
  16. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Freestoneangler called out the Humpy. It's a good fly for visibility and also catching fish.
  17. Rick Todd Active Member

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    Whenever I have been up wilderness creeks or alpine lakes, all I've ever needed was a Royal Wulff. Keep it simple and use dry flies. After tearing up 3 or 4 flies, you will almost be tired of catching fish! Rick
  18. ChaseBallard bushwhacker

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    small Olive Thinmint (woolly bugger tied with flash)
    Foam Ant
    Royal Wulf
    Iron Blue Dun (can be a great mosquito imitation)
    Beadhead Pheasant Tails for days

    As mentioned above, soft hackles can be great too. But if I'm fishing wet flies I usually just throw shiny stuff, these alpine lake or small stream trout see so few flies they will go nuts for a flash.

    Also Teenage Entomologist if you're interested in the subject I wrote up some tips on fishing alpine lakes in the Northwest for a guide buddies website awhile back. Not that it's a difficult game to figure out:

    http://riptidefish.com/hiking-for-mountain-trout-in-the-pacific-northwest/
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  19. Codioos Active Member

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    No Stimulators!? :eek:
  20. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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