fly pattern recommendation based on species

Taxon

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Staff member
#2
Hi zen leecher aka bill w-
Do you ever get into recommending specific patterns based on what fly is present and what stage of the fly's lifecycle?
No, that's really not my area of expertise. However, I strongly recommend Hatch Guide for For Western Streams by Jim Schollmeyer, which does suggest imitative patterns, and if you should have a question about the pattern for some specific insect, Preston generously shares photos of his beautifully tied imitative creations with others on this forum.
 

Preston

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#3
So far, at least, as mayflies are concerned, another excellent source for recommended patterns as well as excellent photos of the bugs themselves is Western Mayfly Hatches (Hafele/Hughes, Amato Publications, 2004).