Originally Posted by vette
Thanks Fred all this info is very helpful, what flies would you suggest for these waters?
God, that's like asking 'What's your preferred hair colour on a beautiful woman.' (I like Redheads, don't ask!) But to your question: A lot of that has to do with amount of water flow and clarity of the water. Lots of variations there, but in your time frame expect 'low and clear.' (God do we need rain!!!!!!)
First you only need about a dozen flies in maybe four patterns, just three sizes from 'big to small.' Anything over that is BS as 99% of what most folks carry will never get wet. Six in bright colours (red, orange, etc.) and six in dark colours (black, dark green, etc).
Lots of cross talk on low/clear water as to where to start, and I have no idea whose 'opinion' is the most valid. Personally (bright water) I'll start with 'dark' early in the day, then move to 'bright' once the sun hits the water, then back to 'dark.'
To digress for a moment, for me a 'big fly' would be something on a #6 hook, small would be on a #10. Know fellows who toss flies the size of 'Dead Chickens' and I just don't get it. But those things do get a dour fishes attention. So 'Good on Them.'
Some waters just don't fish well, well they cast well, but that's going to be 'it' 90% of the time once full sun hits the water (think the fly only section of the North Umpqua). Go get breakfast then curl up with a fuzzy dog and get some extra 'Z's.' Back 90 minutes before sun down or direct sun off the water.
Just my .02 cents and worth exactly that.