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Steve Daley - West Seattle Denizen
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Just getting started in the sport and I'm looking to build a fly inventory. I imagine I will be fishing predominantly fresh water in the Puget Sound region.

1. What would constitute a "classic" collection?

2. Any recommendations for suppliers, online or local?

I realize that this is a very open ended request with vast possibilities for answers. How about a suggestion for "can't do withouts."



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I'm certainly no expert, and depending on the type of fishing that you enjoy, the recommendations are likely to be different. A generic selection might include the following:

Adams - Classic Mayfly attractor pattern in sizes from 14 - 18
Elk Hair Caddis - Sizes 12 - 16
Gold Ribbed Hairs Ear - Sizes 12 - 16
Pheasant Tail - Sizes 12 - 16
Soft Hackles - Various Colors and Sizes

That's a short generic list. Someone will definetly be giving you some streamer advice, and this by no means is a comprehensive listing of what you need or should have.


Formerly Tight Loops
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Well, you might tell us if you mean trout, steelhead, salmon, saltwater or ?

If you mean trout, I would suggest:

Wooly Buggers in #6 and 8, black, brown, and olive.
Bead Head Hare's Ear nymphs.
Carey specials in brown and black

Then for the surface, I would suggest:
Parachute Adams 14-18
Griffith's Gnat 16-20
Stimulators in various colors 12-14

I think that would get you through the winter.

As to places, the cheapest flies you can buy are the Jackson Cardnial brand at Outdoor Emporium, 79 cents each.

You will get nicer, better tied flies at fly shops, and most shops could fill this list, and recommend some better patterns, as I know I have skipped over some.

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Parachute Adams; 12-18
Elk hair caddis; 12-18
parachute caddis; 12-20
x-caddis; 12-20
Stimulator (various colors); 10-16
some Wulfs and/or humpies; 12-16
Some mayfly "imitations" (parachutes, comparaduns, plus sparkle duns and/or other emergers); Pale Morning Duns, Blue Winged Olives, March Browns (for around here)


Hares ears; 12-20
Pheasant tails; 12-20
stoneflies (various colors); 8-14
Prince nymph; 10-16
chironomids (for lakes); 10-24 (all in different colors, styles, and materials)
damsel nymph (lakes); 8-14
All in bead-head and non bead-head versions


woolly bugger (black, brown, olive, maroon); 4-10 (in bead-head and non bead-head)
Zonker; 4-10

I'd call that your essential starter kit. After that, the choices will never end.

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I agree with the others on the fly selection. You might want to try Hills Discount Flies- look at the bottom of the main page of this website. I've been pretty happy with their flies. They have fly packages that look ideal for you. :THUMBSUP

Steve Daley - West Seattle Denizen
17 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Thanks everyone, this is exactly what I was looking for. I realize that this was a wide open question, but your responses are just what I needed to get going.

Your help is much appreciated!
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