Favorite easy dry fly patterns

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  1. troutaholic

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    Hi everyone, I usually like to fish nymphs but I'm preparing my flybox for the upcoming season and I don't have a whole lot of knowledge about effective searching, matching, or attractor dry flies for primarily westside rivers and streams. My question is: What are your favorite effective, simple to tie, dry fly patterns for Northwest local waters? Also If anyone has any good chironomid and/or emerger patterns, I would really appreciate it. Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your input! :thumb
     
  2. hutch

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    "simple to tie" is a relative term. That being said...

    I have had great success in local Western Slope rivers with a couple of flies that are pretty easy to tie: Parachute Adams, Renegade and Elk Hair Caddis.

    Great blind fishing patterns for searching rivers when you are not matching a specific hatch.

    I wouldn't leave home w/o them...

    -hutch
     
  3. Ron Eagle Elk

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    My favorite dry fly and a great producer is the CDC and Elk. Tied in several colors it will fit most hatches.
     
  4. troutaholic

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    Thanks Ron, which CDC pattern you like most though, there's about a ton of em!:beer1
     
  5. troutaholic

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    Thanks Hutch, The renegeade? thats the one with hackles at both ends innit?:dunno
     
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    A tan EHC is my fly of choice, although I tied some CDC and Elk that I can't wait to try this year.
     
  7. FISHFACE

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    EHC and stimulator:thumb
     
  8. Mike Etgen

    Mike Etgen Not Quite A Luddite, But Can See One From Here

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    New River Mike

    I agree with votes for the Elkhair Caddis and the Stimulator. For versatility, it's hard to beat the Stimulator. I've drowned them to catch smallmouth bass and caught silvers when I fished a size 8 like a popper. I'm sure SRC's would hit it too, and of course it's a good searching pattern for trout.
    I'm just learning the Royal Wulff and hope I can add that to the list of versatile dries.

    Easy? Not so the Stimulator! ;)

    Practice, practice, practice.

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    for something easy to tie, try a brown hackle peacock and a grey hackle peacock. get good material and work on the proportions. these are old patterns like the renegade but they still work.
     
  10. Phillip Muwayderz

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    If you fish anywhere with mayfly hatches then a PMD or sparkle dun are pretty simple.
    Also an X-Caddis is not that difficult.
     
  11. hutch

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    That's right. Very simple to tie w/ Peacock herl and light hackle (i use ginger/grizzly colored) and dark hackle on the other end (i use copper)...
     
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    Trude Caddis (See Chuck's Caddis Variant)
     
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    I'll throw another vote in for X-Caddis. Simpler to tie than EHC, and for me at least, more effective.
     
  14. troutaholic

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    Thakns for the input everyone! I found a great video on how to do the x-caddis on the WSU tv website.Here's the link:

    http://kwsu.publictelevision.org/videos/outdoors/flytying/x-caddis.ram

    I also found a terrific article on the CDC and elk that so many of you recommended. Here's the link for that one:

    http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/fotw2/010702fotw.html

    It was very interesting to me that the vast majority of recommended flies were variations of the elk hair caddis! Gee I thought all dry flies were suposed to be mayflies (just kidding!)
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    A comparadun is very simple and deadly effective as a mayfly imitation. Doesn't use any hackle either, so its cheep.