07-18-2011, 02:18 PM
Re: Fly Suggestions
It's hard to tell what you already have, so may have some of these already.
During the summer high water temps and low water may make fishing difficult. But some rivers, like the Gunpowder may periodically release cold water water from the bottom of the dam.
During the summer there will be some predictable hatches, and a lot of small mayflies (Blue Wing Olives 18-20 and Trico's 22-24) light bodied mayflies 12-16, as well as assorted caddis 14-18, some terrestrials including ants beetles and hoppers that plop in the water, and of course minnows and sculpins that are always around. There are also some good patterns like wet flies that imitate emerging mayflies, emerging and egg laying caddis and are good searching flies when nothing is happening on top. There are a lot of options and you may have a lot of these in your fly box already, but here are some suggestions to think about:
Bead Head Pheasant tail size 16 a good imitation for many mayfly nymphs including Blue Wing Olives, and a good searching fly. You can also dangle this off a short piece of tippet tied to the bend of a dry fly.
Green Weenie size 10 or 12 No one seems sure why this things work, but they do. It's just chartreuse chenille wound around a hook, so it's a very easy tie.
Parachute Blue Wing Olive or Parachute Adams size 18 and 20 to imitate many of the morning Blue Wing Olive mayflies s that hatch in the morning
Tan Caddis size 16 Pattern up to you, it could be a Tan Elk Hair Caddis, Tan X Caddis etc.
Griffith's Gnat size 20 - these can imitate a cluster of real tiny stuff like size 22-24 Trico mayflies that hatch in the mornings through out the summer, a cluster of midges, or a beetle. It's just grizzly hackle palmered over a body of peacock herl. This is a good fly to have in you box, but hackle that will tie flies this small can be expensive. If you don't already have feathers like this let me know your name and mailing address via PM and I'll send you some stuff to tie a few.
Some wet flies to imitate emerging caddis pupae to swing down and across through riffles or just below them. They could be simple soft hackles like a Grouse and Flash, Peacock and Partridge, or more elaborate emerging caddis patterns like Deep Sparkle Pupa
A light bodied mayfly imitation size 14. It could be a traditional style like a Light Cahill, or a modern pattern like a Sparkle Dun tied with creamy yellow body and bleached deer hair wing. This will match a variety of light bodied mayflies that hatch during the summer.
Grasshopper size 8-12. Your choice of pattern, it could be something tied with foam or a more traditional style tied with deer hair (see pics from our recent Hopper Swap)
Sculpin size 8-10, a common baitfish in trout streams through out the US. A pattern like Muddler Minnow or Slumpbuster would be a good choice. A Muddler Minnow with its turkey wings and spun deer hair head is a little more difficult to tie, but you can also dress it with dry fly floatant and fish it as a grasshopper. You can fish these in deeper water places like pools, strip them along undercut stream banks. You can also just dangle them downstream by feeding out fly line and steering them with your rod tip into current seams and other places where a trout might hang out.(It's a good strategy on small streams where there's a lot of overhead cover making it difficult to cast, or if you're fishing with people that don't know how to fly cast.)
Something big for high water releases if you fish streams with dam releases like the Gunpowder. A big streamer pattern in size 6 in both white or black Zonker, Matuka, or Marabou Muddler might be good to have in addition to your buggers, and you could also throw them for largemouth and small mouth bass.
Hope this helps, good luck.