Wilderness Fishing Flies...

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

  1. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

    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

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer


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  3. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith Active Member

    Royal Wulff
    Copper John
    Klinkhammer Hare's Ear
    Conehead Marabou Muddler
  4. wichaka

    wichaka Active Member

    BWO Quill Parachute
    EHC - Tan
    Hare's Ear Parachute
    Red Quill Spinner
    Royal Wulff
  5. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

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

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  6. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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

    Steve Saville Active Member

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

    Kyle Smith Active Member

    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

    JoshL98 Member

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

    Alexander Fishon

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

    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

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

    Seems you like your terrestrials Alex?
  12. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Purple Haze (never leave home w/o one)
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  13. Alexander

    Alexander Fishon

    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

    JoshL98 Member

  15. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

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

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

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

    Rick Todd Active Member

    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

    ChaseBallard bushwhacker

    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:

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  19. Codioos

    Codioos Active Member

    No Stimulators!? :eek:
  20. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

    I love Stimmy's

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