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It's been a while since I tied any flies and my box is getting low. I am looking to tie the rest of the trout season's flies.

I live on the East Coast if that helps.

Here's my list so far:
Wooly Buggers Asst.
PT Nymph Bead and non
Hare's Ear Bead and non
Prince Nymph Bead and non
Various Midge Imitations
Various Dun, Spinner, Emerger Imitations
Terrestrials(Beatles, Ants, Grasshoppers)
Adams
Stimulator
Royal Wulff
Elk/Deer Hair Caddis Asst.
Various Wet Flies


Any suggestions?

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Yellow Power Bait

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Olive zonkers. White clousers.
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Hey Nate,

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.

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It sounds like you have a good collection of flies already. Nymphs, terrestrials, egg patterns, wooly buggers, closers, stoneflies, and a San Juan worm are some of the place I would recommend.
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I've fished the streams in your area & around MD. I would add some cricket patterns. Hoppers are good to have but I've found that crickets worked better in the more wooded areas. Crickets also seemed to be more active than hoppers earlier in the season.

Only other flies I would add would be streamers. Clousers as mentioned, but with small brass barbells or bead chain eyes for the smaller streams. Some in size 10 or 8, or 6 if you need something a bit larger.

I also like a leech pattern tied very full in the Clouser style with black ostrich herl & a few strands on bronze, black or copper Flashabou (or a few of each). Trout & Bass both liked that fly so I usually tied them in a size 4 or larger, but 4 or 6 works well in most streams.

The other folks here have covered anything else quite well.

Funny, but I've asked a similar question about fishing in WVA. Seems much of your list & the other suggestions will be what I'll be needing to tie for there as well.
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I and my friend recently did a study where we talk to / emailed a bunch of fly shops to see what flies people used for trout. We talked to about 20 shops in the US and in Europe and compiled this blog post with the best trout flies
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That is a really good list!

I happen to like the Parachute Hare's Ear better than the similar Parachute Adams, because it's rougher-looking and not quite as popular, but that's just me.

I haven't fished the Streaking Caddis, but I do fish a heavily-dressed Rackelhanen in similar conditions. Tan, olive, grey, sizes 12-16. (It's also quicker to tie.)

I'd also add some black and/or cinnamon rubber- (or similar- ) legged flying ants.

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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.
...is great advice too. I think a Brown Hackle Peacock, Grey Hackle Peacock, Partridge and Peacock, or Zug Bug can do everything that a Prince Nymph or Sparkle Pupa can do, and they are all easier to tie.

You should have light-bodied duns (cream or pale yellow or pale sulphur olive)in sizes 14-18 to cover the range of Eastern hatches.
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In my boxes, I'm a happy guy if they're filled with parachute "anything"-- Adams, Hare's Ear, BWO, Pheasant Tail, et al. Even when they're not working top-side, I can do a little streamside trimming and work them as nymphs. Then again, that's just me...

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