Originally Posted by jaybo41
Lots of good suggestions here that I'm in agreement with. One I *think* was missing is beetles. Crowe beetles are good for selective fish. I like the foam beetles for a dry/dropper setup or simply fished by itself.
Yes, beetles too. Ants and beetles are around all the time in wooded areas, even when there's nothing hatching from the water.
The last time I was on the Yellow Breeches in Pennsylvania a few years ago, the fireflies were out at dusk and there was a guy catching a lot of fish with a floating beetle pattern he had tied with some glow-in-the-dark yarn for a butt. He would shine his penlight on the butt to make it glow, and then float the beetle over fishy looking spots.
A deadly ant pattern you don't see very often is mentioned in the 2nd edition of Ray Bergman's classic Trout
. It's just two lumps of black tying thread with a few turns of hackle in between them, but the secret is, you coat the lumps several times with head cement while you are winding them, so by the time they are finished they are thoroughly infused with cement. The cement adds weight and sinks the fly, which should be fished dead drift like a sunken nymph. Bergman's insight is that most ants that fall into the water will sink rather than float, and be carried downstream underwater with the current. Ants come in all sizes; try #12 to #16.