March 14, 2017 at 9:23 am #6129
I was thinking last night about all the different fly patterns there are, but not too exclusively, and how some areas of this area of North America, the same flies work equally well.
So I would like to know, in your state or province, what three flies would represent your area the best. Not only that, but add one more fly to rep. your country as a whole.
In Colo. I have to say; the stone fly would be #1 because with all the free stone waters we have they are all so abundant.
The Royal Wulff would be second. Just a great all around attractor fly.
The third would be the pheasant tail nymph. Every one who fishes knows its popularity, and it comes with good reason.
Ad a national fly, the Adams. I don’t think I need to explain.
I can add so many more that deserve to be on this list, but I will leave it to you guys.March 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm #6132
Well, “my area” (N-Central AZ) is virtually devoid of trout so I’ll have to answer your question with respect to the places I travel to find quality fishing. Which thanks to being retired I now have the time to go far and wide in search of finny prey.
I’d have to say #1 is Rene Harrop’s Hairwing Dun, tied in whatever size and general color scheme matches the prevailing natural. As long as the size is right it doesn’t have to be a precise color match, just in the ballpark. Floats like a cork in rough water, has a nice low silhouette for flat water.
Second, for caddis adults – Hans Weilemann’s CDC and Elk – same caveat as the Hairwing Dun – in the right size & approximate color this fly works well everywhere trout eat caddis flies. Not crazy about how CDC tends to get slimed and have to change flies after one fish but it works so much better for me than any other caddis I’ll put up with that.
Third – midge adult. This is a pattern I’ve used in spring creeks and tailwaters from NY to NM – stripped peacock body, white Hi-Vis wing, grey dubbed thorax and dark dun hackle. It’s even close enough for tricos in a pinch.
For the “wild card” – can’t argue with a PT nymph, in all its variations. But I’ll put in a vote for an old favorite attractor dry – Flick’s Grey Fox Variant.
Just don’t ask me to limit myself to these four flies, please. There’s emergers, spinners, hoppers, beetles, ants….March 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm #6133
Awesome list Grs. It’s too bad you have to drive a bit to get to some trout. Are there any other species closer to you or is lack of water the issue?March 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm #6134
Within reasonable day trip range (that is, more stream time than windshield time) there’s exactly one stream (Oak Creek) with a few wild browns and stocked rainbows. The area’s also a major tourist draw, so frankly it’s just not worth fighting the tourons (not so much other anglers but hikers, unleashed dogs, kids throwing rocks etc) There are stocked rainbows in a number of man-made lakes – which holds little appeal to me. As to warm water species, all I’ve found locally is a few impoundments with stunted bluegills and crappie.
Yes, I’m spoiled. When I lived in upstate NY there were a dozen good trout streams and a half dozen steelhead creeks within an hour’s drive of home. Even when I lived in midtown Manhattan, 2 1/2 hours or so put me in the heart of the Catskills.March 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm #6135
You may have been spoiled by New York, but just MHO, you’re being deprived now. I don’t think I could live somewhere that I had to travel so far to fish. I’d rather fish than drive; one reason I gave up ice fishing. Boulder County is filled with creeks and streams close by. And I can find solitude anywhere just an hour away.
I have always heard that upstate NY is a wonderful area. I would like to go there someday.March 17, 2017 at 6:54 am #6137
Wasn’t sure what to contribute here, but after a bit of mulling, I guess I’ll offer this:
New Brunswick is first and foremost the home of the Atlantic Salmon. Still got quite a few, and still a lot of people chasing them. From a dry fly perspective, I’d say Green Machine, Bomber, and the ‘Wulff’ series, which Lee apparently fished with considerable success here. But if there is some latitude to include wet flies, I guess I’d have to include the “Picture Province” (our unofficial provincial name): a fly commissioned by the Provincial Government and created by a local tier. Nice fly with lots of meaning behind its materials; don’t actually know anyone who ever caught a salmon on it.
Not sure there could be a ‘Canadian’ fly. If there was, it would likely be called “The Apology, eh?”.
brentMarch 17, 2017 at 9:16 am #6138
Brent, I just have to ask you this question, would The Apology be red & white? 😀. For some reason I pictured the Canadian Flag when I read your post.
And you fine folks up north have nothing to apologize for in my book. We in the states seem to be the loud obnoxious ones in North America. I wish we can be silent as Canada, avoiding the spotlight and all. But without sounding political, because my comment was not intended to be political, I will stop here on that subject.
Interesting story on the “Picture Province”. I think that’s pretty neat.
March 17, 2017 at 11:43 am #6140
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by Scotty MacFly.
Scotty: Yeah! Brilliant! Red and white would do it! maybe like a Parmachene Belle! the apology reference is pertaining to our tendency to apologize: like if someone steps on our toes, we tend to say we’re sorry to the person who did the stepping. If you call us out on it, we’ll apologize for apologizing unnecessarily.
For sure, we’re not that different from our American neighbours to the south. I spend a fair amount of time travelling, motorcycling, fishing and such down in the USA, and found your ratio of saints to sphincters to be about the same as ours: 100:1.
We’ve been described as Americans with health care instead of handguns.March 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm #6141
I have found Canadians to be overly polite, even when they put someone down. I mean that with great respect so please don’t take it wrong.
Unlike the Irish, my Celtic Cousins, who will get in your face, cuss you up and down making you feel 1 inch tall and liking it just cause they say you will. And they apologize for nothing, unless the cuss out the Clergy. Ha ha!
Guns & health care. Man, those subjects can go in so many directions. But there are areas here where a hand gun is your health care if you know what I mean.March 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm #6142
Yep. I’m pretty sure both (guns and health care) are out of bounds for civil discussion at the present time, and rightfully so on a fishing forum. I was just relaying a sort of clever quote.
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