Guys, I have been thinking for a few days on tying just a small variety of flies in different / or mostly used sizes of flies that work well for the Rocky Mountain region. I’d like to keep the flies like something you would maybe see in reality, so nothing like a Lime Trude, but like an Ant and Griffith’s Gnat.
So today is member participation day. Yeah Creek, you included, can’t be letting GRS have all the fun. But if you guys would think on it a bit and give me your top maybe 3 flies that you have confidence in, and I will choose what flies I will include in this.
Yes Creek, the Adams is going to be in there.
I figure it would just be a small box of flies, like an emergency kit of flies that will catch fish. I thought if it did well, I could maybe sell them to whoever may want a box. Maybe for a hiker who does not have a rod, but has some mono line and he/she could tie a fly on and catch a brookie or two for din-din.
Considering your hypothetical hiker (a guy who doesn’t know anything about fly fishing but may want a fish for a meal) calls for flies with a high probability of catching something – first choice, a black wooly bugger. A Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle looks enough like most nymphs, even a scud. And because we must have something that floats, a Stimulator will make most any fish look up.
Now for the guy who does fish, at least occasionally, Harrop’s Hairwing Dun, tied dark and light – one with an Adams grey body and griz/brown hackle and the other with a cream body and light dun hackle. Fish as is for a mayfly dun (one or the other depending on what’s hatching) Clip off the tail and mash the wing down a bit – it’s a passable caddis. Trim most of the hackle and cut the hair wing down to a nub and it’ll work as an emerger. Three flies in one! 😉
Lived most of my life in upstate NY, then 10 years in NYC. Fished the Great Lakes tributaries for steelhead and smallmouth bass, and trout in the Catskills, Adirondacks and my all-time favorite – the limestone creeks of PA. Moved to N-Central AZ in 2002 primarily to help care for a disabled family member (not for the fishing obviously )