Best Fly for Freshly Stocked Lake

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
I use my Camo Carey, an easy to tie variation of the Carey Special, just substitute chenille for the herl. That and a Zug Bug will slay the stockers.
As much as I dislike using chenille on my own flies, I gotta say the iridescent body on your Camo Carey looks great.


Rocket Red

Vegetarian Cannibal
/\ /\ /\ See my avatar. Seal bugger. I like that one, and also tied in blood red. Sometimes I add a hot pink small bead to the head. #10 and #12 on an intermediate line. I like it because it is more sparse than a wooly bugger, I feel like I get less short strikes with it. Obviously olive gets some play tooo, but I have found that some red in the flies, be it blood red, or maroon hackle has been a killer.

Also, I dye my own grizzly hackles for my seal buggers. It just got too expensive to buy all the different colors.
All - Thank you so much for the information, I have tied a few buggers in black and olive (size 10), and I will have to get to the shop for some carey materials. You have boosted my confidence! :ray1: Thanks, and good luck to everyone this weekend!
As mentioned a time or two above, the Carey Special is a very effective (and, for some reason, rarely mentioned) fly. Developed in the 1920s by Colonel Carey for use in the lakes around his home in Kamloops BC
Thanks for the history. This will be good to bring up while i'm up inthe Cariboo.
In the late 60's and early 70's when I started flyfishing, Carey Specials were very popular. I liked three different versions: 1. A fairly thick olive chenille body. 2. Yellow hackle fiber tail, body wrapped with a long pheasant rump feather. 3. #8-12 hook, red hackle fiber tail, black wool body with silver tinsel rib, only 1-2 turns of pheasant rump hackle.

Like most of us, I now use more modern patterns. I'm not sure why, as the three previously mentioned patterns were easy and cheap to tie and caught a lot of fish.

Small olive seal-buggers work great for me on recently planted trout.


Rocket Red

Vegetarian Cannibal
Best Fly for Freshly Stocked Lake- Proof Pics

The olive seal bugger was key today. Outfished all others about 14-2, at least until 8:30 when we had to go to the ball field for pictures.:beathead:

Fun couple of hours though.


Old Man

Just an Old Man
Planted trout will just about hit anything on the surface for the first two weeks. I watched some fish beat up a cigar wrapper one day. They (the fish) stayed with it until the wrapped sunk.

Well, nothing like a reformatting a hard-drive to get in the way of posting! I thought I should follow up and say that opening day was good, but not as good as some of the other folks who posted (hats off to you). The wife and I together hit three lakes (Martha @ 164th, Lake Serene, and Echo Lake - all in Snohomish County). By far Martha was the most packed and had the most action. I caught a stocked fish in all three, nothing worth noting and all were released to grow a little more. However, the winning fly of the day (at least for me) was a #10 Wolly Worm with Black Crystal Flash Chenille, Red (or brass) wire, and black hackle. My wife caught one on a red/siver chironomid, so that was good. While I didn't catch a boat-load of fish, or a monster, I am satisfied because all of these were caught on flies I tied (which is a first for me). Thanks again for all of your advice, it is truly appreciated!:beer2:
try stripping a hot orange cherynobl ant across the surface...
also my best luck on planters is trolling any kind of streamer (wooly bugger, carey, whatever) unnaturally fast. it keeps the fly up in the water column and for some reason catches fish.