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LeakybootsJanuary 13th, 2017, 4:37 am

Posts: 14
Would like to see some of your own paterns that have worked.
Will Shaver
WbranchJanuary 13th, 2017, 5:49 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
You show me yours first.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
LeakybootsJanuary 14th, 2017, 4:44 am

Posts: 14
having technical difficulties. Can't get a clear picture
Will Shaver
WbranchJanuary 14th, 2017, 10:26 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
I don't have any specific patterns that are better than others but in more general terms I would say I have very good success with thorax dun and comparadun style dry flies. I believe sparseness is better than heavily hackled. Presentation and size is much more important than the fly.

There are dozens of Hendicksons, BWO's, Sulfurs, Cahills, etc but all of the really good flies are going to incorporate certain features that make them good fish catchers.

Put the fly within a few inches of the rise form, not too far above the fish, get a perfect drag free drift and the fish will most likely eat your fly.

Regarding subsurface flies it is hard to go wrong with Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tails, Prince, Some Baetis and Sulfur imitations and round it out with some caddis larvae and pupa and a few generic stonefly patterns.

For streamers a white marabou, a couple of Wooly Buggers in black and brown, a Black Nose Dace, and a couple of Clouser minnows.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PaulRobertsJanuary 15th, 2017, 5:57 am

Posts: 1776
I have many, and hyperbolic descriptions for each. They are -most of them- un-tested beyond my own traipsing around.
MartinlfJanuary 15th, 2017, 6:17 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
A thorough search of this forum's past threads will yield some interesting samples.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Jmd123January 15th, 2017, 10:50 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
Here's one:

What does it catch?

There's a few for you, Will.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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