What I need to know about flys sizes 18 and under?

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Top in my class, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Trout Master

    Trout Master Active Member

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    size 18 duck would be a little quacker
     
  2. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Your dang right they're worth the time!!! Don't overlook this. It took years to get it thru my thick head..... I rest my case. Go small. Try it, you'll like it...
     
  3. triploidjunkie

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    In winter, a #18 midge pupae is often just the ticket, and doable on 4X. And in the cold months, if you encounter rising fish you will probably need a #20, or #22 midge emerger or griffiths gnat, which will require going to 5X. For tying these micro-flies I have one rule. KISS: keep it simple stupid. Thread bodies and closed-cell foam for the wingcase(this keeps it suspended just under the surface) make up my whole emerger pattern. Thread bodies and micro-hackle make my whole adult pattern. Pupae patterns in red, black, or blue seem to be the right colors in winter.
    Good Luck.
     
  4. Keith Hixson

    Keith Hixson Active Member

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    Get some 3.00 magnification glasses so you can see to tie the flies on. :rofl:
     
  5. Evan Salmon

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    Tie a bunch of them... You'll lose as many trying to tie them on as you will to fish.
     
  6. triploidjunkie

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  7. yellowlab

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    Thin to win. Most WA fishers would fail miserably and do fail when it comes to understanding a trouts diet. Dont believe me? Take a throat sample and see or yourself, don't guess it, match it. Now if I could tie a #30 Daphnia. ;)
     
  8. Rick Todd

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    One thing that helps with small flies is to fish them dropped off a bigger, more visible fly. Like for the trico hatch in Montana, I use a #14 Royal Trude and a #22-24 trike spinner 18" off the hook bend. Works great and sometimes you will even hook a nice one on the Trude. I do the same with BWO emergers on the Missouri in the fall. The only bad thing about those small flies is seeing big trout come unbuttoned so often! Still a lot of fun! Rick