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DilloFebruary 12th, 2015, 8:55 pm

Posts: 4
I am going to start fly fishing, and I am confused by all of the different flies, colors, sizes, etc. what are some good basic flies that will catch fish for most of the year?
CatskilljonFebruary 12th, 2015, 10:14 pm
Upstate NY

Posts: 160
You may want to read through this...a compilation of suggestions from members here combining thousands of hours of on stream experience of flies that worked.

Jmd123February 15th, 2015, 5:26 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2609
Woolly Buggers! Easy to tie, can be made in any color of the rainbow (or combination), and they catch all species of fish, including trout. Do a search on this site for "woolly buggers" and you should find some patterns and suggestions, including a few of my own.

Best of luck and tight lines!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchFebruary 15th, 2015, 5:45 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Also Green Weenies, Sucker Spawn, Walt's Worm, and Hare's Ear are just a few that gives a new tier a chance to get acquainted with the vise, bobbin, handling material and a few techniques.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfFebruary 16th, 2015, 3:53 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3229
CJ's suggested thread is a very useful place to look if you are looking for flies to fish. Just click on the 5 must have flies link.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchFebruary 16th, 2015, 4:04 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733

Are you going to be fishing for mostly trout? In moving water or in lakes. The link that CatskillJohn sent to you has the list of what many members here think are the most useful flies to use anywhere.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
JbehrendtMay 15th, 2015, 12:53 pm
Eagle River, AK

Posts: 2
Couldn't agree more. There is nothing out there fly-wise that has caught as many fish as a woolly bugger.
Fish when you can, work when you have to.
BoulderWorkMay 16th, 2015, 8:25 am
Posts: 29Dillo,

Good early morning.

Asking questions on this particular site is a very good start. The participants on this website are excellent contacts with a robust background and experiences in entomology, fly tying and fly fishing.

I have a couple of suggestions to accelerate your learning curve:

(1) Read all facets of this site. Keep asking questions.

(2) Attend regarded fly fishing symposiums and regarded fly fishing shops near your residence. Be curious and ask questions.

(3) Study the food sources in your local creeks, streams, rivers, ponds and lakes near your home. Compare this on-going study to how your imitations mimic and whether they are successful.

(4) Purchase or study books that complement your on-going pursuit. I have a small library than spans over 40 years that is invaluable.

(5) Fish with an experienced fly fisherman.

(6) Enjoy the path of this pursuit. It has many facets, like a diamond.


BnorikaneMay 16th, 2015, 8:57 am

Posts: 15
I am going to start fly fishing, and I am confused by all of the different flies, colors, sizes, etc. what are some good basic flies that will catch fish for most of the year?

Dillo, you live in a state blessed with many great flyshops. They are filled with knowledgeable and passionate fly fishers who know the local area. Just yesterday, I saw several beginners buying licenses in a local shop. The store helped them with suggestions for basic flies that were working right now and where to use them.

Most flyshops have beginning fly fishing classes, some are free. All of them have guides who can really help beginners.

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