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Old 02-21-2013, 05:48 PM
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Default Re: Midwest Fly Patterns Question (please dont be too upset)

I'll throw in my $.02 on this topic. When I'm fishing the streams in the northwoods, the flies I will NEVER leave home without are:

Nymphs:
  1. Pheasant Tail
  2. Copper John (red & copper)
  3. Pink Squirrel
  4. Bead Head Hares Ear
  5. Brassie

Dries:
  1. Adams (sz 16)
  2. Elk Hair Caddis (sz 14 & 16 in both tan and gray)
  3. Blue Wing Olive
  4. Hoppers (usually tan or green bellies)
  5. Beetles & Ants (Do not overlook this. Some spring and summer months I will fish these, and only these all day long)

Streamers:
  1. Black Wolly Bugger (Sz 8, I like them flashy)
  2. Olive Wolly Bugger (Same as above)
  3. Crawdads


If you want to pm me the streams you tend to fish the most, I can probably help narrow down the flies a bit more for you.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:20 PM
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I haven't Fished The Midwest however I have a Book "Trout Unlimited's Guide to Americas 100 Best Trout Streams" by John Ross.
Even though it's a few years Old it gives The Maps for different areas,Accomodation,Fly Shops & how to Fish each River,etc.
The other thing is you can't beat Local Knowledge which ted 4887 has Given.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:37 AM
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Default Re: Midwest Fly Patterns Question (please dont be too upset)

Thank you all again for the wealth of knowledge! I have been tying all night. I've got quite a few "one off" flies that I have made based upon your suggestions, but the materials I have force me to improvise.

Looks like I have a lot of reading in my future. Again I really appreciate your time in answering my noobie questions. I am sure I will have many more. I'll be lurking around here soaking up the knowledge. Sure glad I found this forum!

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One Thing about This Forum no-one minds answering & helping anyone,also you will find guys in The US who have Fished about everywhere.
Another thing is we are a Broad Based Group,situated all around The World & The Internet has really made it easy to comunicate.
If you have any more Questions don't hesitate to ask as someone will surely have The Answers.
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Try doing a search on hatch charts in the areas you plan on fishing. Most fishy areas have charts such as this and they are usually very close to being realistic.
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Try doing a search on hatch charts in the areas you plan on fishing. Most fishy areas have charts such as this and they are usually very close to being realistic.

Sorry 'bout the double post. I would delete one but there doesn't seem to be a way to do so.

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Default Re: Midwest Fly Patterns Question (please dont be too upset)

Alot of good advice has already been given, I'll add my two cents.

I'd start out with a few generic looking flies. I find most times a fly that looks a little bit like alot of things will out fish a fly that looks exactly like one thing. Granted 2% of the time that exact looking fly will catch fish when nothing else will.

If you plan to buy a dozen flies, don't buy one each of twelve different patterns. Although it logically may make sense to do so, I can guarantee when you find a fly is working, you will lose it and be bummed out the rest of the day. I would suggest you buy 3 or 4 copies of a couple of patterns and learn how to fish them effectively. You may want to vary the size a step or two.

If you are just getting started, I'd concentrate on sizes 12 - 14, maybe a few 10's, maybe a few 16's.

One last piece of general advice, when you are out fishing, don't be afraid to try different presentations, particularly when fishing a generic looking pattern. If you aren't catching fish using a dead drift, try swinging you fly. I very rarely change flies during the course of a day, but I do frequently change the way I present my fly until I figure out what works.
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i think ted4887 hit it right on the head

maybe add in a scud pattern for the nymphs
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Default Midwest Fly Patterns Question (please dont be too upset)

Awesome! I will definitely have to look into different presentations. This is something I overlooked. I was concentrated more on the dead drift. Once again thank you for the help. Ill post my first catch. Might have to wait for the last Sat. in march unfortunately. If I post some pics of the flies I have tied maybe you guys could tell me what you think?
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