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Old 03-26-2011, 06:13 PM
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Default Favorite Spring Creek Flies

I'm interested in photos and recommendations for favorite spring creek flies. Spring creek season is just beginning in many areas. Sizes and patters abound, depending on the time of year. What are your most productive flies?
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Default Re: Favorite Spring Creek Flies

First off, I'm no expert.

The first fly I always toss on a spring creek is an Elk Hair Caddis of some sort. olive, black, yellow, tan. I carry them all, but Tan with a bleached wing is my favorite.

Why is this my first choice? Simple, it's what I have the most confidence in. Usually an 18 to 14.

Second choice a stimulator in the same size and colors.

Third is some kind of Nymph, usually a natural or olive flashback Hare's Ear or a pheasant Tail Nymph.
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I don't know if you are interested in Western or Eastern Spring Creek patterns. Here is a site that will provide specific insight into patterns that work on this water...

Effective Fly Patterns

A little roaming around should turn up patterns that would work on other Spring Creeks that might be of interest...


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PT, nice site, thanks
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Default Re: Favorite Spring Creek Flies

Here is a link to Kelly's Parasol Emerger that is deadly on spring creeks:
Tying Schollmeyer's Parasol Emerger

Here is another of Kelly's patterns he calls the KG's Deep Purple Peril:
Here I present my favorite midge offering when nymphing under an indicator,

KG's Deep Purple Peril
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Hook: DaiRiki 125 size 14
Thread: 8/0 Black
Abdomen: Black Thread - opt. epoxy*
Rib: Holographic Purple Mylar - small
Thorax: Black dubbing - spiky
Wing: 2mm white foam


Tying Notes: *I usually like to tie up a dozen or so with just the thread abdomen and purple rib and then epoxy the abdomen in order to give it a reflective look of the glowing Mylar through the epoxy. Sometimes I've used Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails, but the process of application and drying in between coats takes a bit too long for my lack of patience.

Here is another of Kelly's patterns that work great on spring creeks, the Amber Scud:
Spring Creek Scud

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Larry, thanks for the nod. As many of you know I just love spring creeks and learning to "crack the code" so-to-speak when fishing these technical waters. If you get a chance, track down the article I wrote in the Winter 2011 edition of Flyfishing & Tying Journal from Amato Books on "Spring Creek Solutions"; it outlines a method I use for fishing spring creeks using the Parasol Emerger fly mcnerney mentioned above. Here are a few of my favorite flies I've developed for one of my favorite springs I fish here in southeast Idaho:

Here are a couple of samples of the Parasol Emerger:
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KGs Halfback/Foamback (PMD)
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Same fly, but in BWO:
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Hook: DaiRiki 125 size 16
Thread: 8/0 Cahill Yellow
Tail: Rust dubbing tied in as shuck
Abdomen: Rust goose biot-tied rough
Thorax: PMD Super Fine dubbing
Wingcase: Electronics packing foam
Legs: PMD CDC puff

KGs Parasol Jumper (PMD)
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Hook: DaiRiki 125 sizes 14-16
Thread: 8/0 Cahill Yellow
Tail: Rust dubbing tied in as shuck
Abdomen: Rust goose biot-tied rough
Thorax: PMD Super Fine
Legs: PMD CDC puff
Wing: Medium to dark dun CDC puff

KGs Fullback/Foamback Midge
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Hook: DaiRiki 125 sizes 20-22
Thread: Black 70 Ultra
Tail: Amber dubbing tied as shuck
Abdomen: Tying thread
Rib: Chartreuse Uni wire - x/small
Thorax: Black dubbing - picked out
Wingcase: Electronics packing foam

One of my most effective flies in spring creeks is a simple flashback Pheasant-tail nymph:
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KGs Spring Creek Scud
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Olive version:
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Hook: DaiRiki 125 sizes 14-12
Thread: 8/0 Amber
Tail: Amber dubbing
Shellback: Plastic bag material
Rib: Pearl Krystal Flash
Body: Amber dubbing - picked out and trimmed

KG's Spring Creek Baetis
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Hook: DaiRiki 305, size 18
Thread: 70 denier Ultra, olive
Tail: Medium dun microfibbets
Abdomen: Midge d-rib, olive
Wingcase: Dark brown Scud Back, with single strand pearl Krystal Flash pulled through center over top.
Thorax: Spiky olive dubbing, picked out and trimmed

Micro Pheasant-tail nymph:
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KG's Killer Damsel
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Hook: DaiRiki 125 size 14
Thread: 8/0 Olive
Ext. Body: Olive Marabou, 8-10 strands wrapped with tying thread down & back
Shellback: Olive Thinskin
Thorax: Palmered marabou
Eyes: Melted red mono

Those are my favorites, but there are many more that work at times. I still struggle with cracking the dry fly code on my favorite spring, but I get closer every year.

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Default Re: Favorite Spring Creek Flies

Kelly, Those look great!

I should be going to DePuy this week, this is timely

I'll need to tie up some of those little BWO emergers.
That pheasant tail variant looks great as well
And hopefully give a parasol a try

For those little scuds.. how are they fished?

With a little yarn indicator, or hanging off a dry?
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Kelly, Those look great!

I should be going to DePuy this week, this is timely

I'll need to tie up some of those little BWO emergers.
That pheasant tail variant looks great as well
And hopefully give a parasol a try

For those little scuds.. how are they fished?

With a little yarn indicator, or hanging off a dry?
I fish three flies where I live (since it's legal...) I start with the Parasol Emerger as the top (indicator) fly as it doesn't seem to spook wary fish as much as any other type of indicator. I drop a bead-head fly such as the flashback Pheasant-tail to the depth where the fish are holding, and then I trail the scud or the smaller PT nymph off of that fly. the bead-head nymph gets the setup down to the fish and then the trailing fly is usually what they take depending on what's on the menu that day.

Good luck and let me know how you do on DePuy's. I've got to get up there someday.

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Thanks very much!

My subscription to F&TJ lapsed and hadn't noticed in time, it's just starting up - sorry I missed the Winter issue

I found your article on tying the parasol.. I'll definitely need to do some of those before now and Thursday morning
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Kglissmeyer.....those ties are unbelievable. Unfortunately all my hopes of ever "cracking the code" have now been drained from my body just by viewing this post. If you can't crack it with those specimens.....I have a better shot with Mega Millions lotto.
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