03-02-2009, 11:28 AM
Re: Need some info
You'll probably get all kinds of different lists from folks, and local fly shops can give you some great advice. But here's a general list that covers a lot of different water types, and imitates a lot of the different critters in trout streams generally as well as GA, they're many life stages, as well as good searching generic patterns that have been proven over time. This is a big list, but don't feel you need everything right away. I'd mix it up and pick up a few in each category (dries, wets, nymphs, streamers) picking from the below patterns and listed sizes, and add more from the list over time, including the later season stuff like hoppers, as bucks allow.
Parachute Blue Wing Olive 16, 18, 20 (a slow water pattern imitates many small mayflies that hatch all season long)
Parachute Adams 14, 16, 18 (another slow water pattern imitates many medium/dark mayflies)
Royal Wulff 14, 16, (general attractor pattern, also good for fast water)
Yellow Humpy 14 (fast water pattern)
Elk Hair Caddis- 14, 16, 18 (Tan, olive, and black bodies imitates many caddis, good in fast and slow water)
Dries to add when the weather warms up (spring /summer patterns in addition to above)
Pale Morning Dun 14, 16, 18 (imitates light bodied mayflies)
Stimulator 12 (yellow, imitates stoneflies, late spring and summer)
Grasshopper 10, 12 (a summer pattern, match color to the naturals if you know it, tan or yellow body a good guess if you don't)
Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph 16, 18
Bead Head Hare Ear 14, 16,
Y2K egg pattern, pink (GA standard for stocked fish)
San Juan Worm pink or red (another standard for stockies)
Partridge and Orange and/or Partridge and Green 14 (good searching flies and easy to fish)
Bead head Woolly Bugger 8 black, olive
Muddler Minnow 8
Marabou Muddler Black 6
Bass- any of the streamers should work, as well as the same patterns in larger sizes as well as large dry flies (stimulator, Grasshopper), but you might want to add a bass bug or bass popper or two. There are a host of bass patterns like Clousers, Dahlberg Divers that you can add based on local advice for your water.
Panfish- they’re not too picky, so any of the trout flies should work, but use the larger sizes so they don’t swallow the hook . You might also want to add some panfish poppers and rubber legged foam spiders.
Hope this helps.