I have this massive undertaking of tying all the flies needed for fishing come springtime in Colorado.
I gathered data from about 4 or 5 different websites, + a book or two, and rated the "Top 10" flies for Colorado.
[Of course, I actually have more than ten, and threw in the Crayfish and Epoxy Minnow for my own reasons. Also, I left some of my research data in there. Don't think it will hurt anybody none to read what I found.]
Can you help me arrange these according to the ease of tying?
I don't expect anyone to organize the entire list, but if you could recommend the first 7 to 10 that I ought to tie for use in March, I would very much appreciate it.
(1) ADAMS (medium toned, free drifting adult Mayfly) /
Blue Winged Olive (BWO),
(2) CDC DEER HAIR CADDIS, (or Goddard Caddis especially on Gunnison Riv)
ELK HAIR CADDIS
(3) CDC Micro Caddis
(4) GRIFFITHS GNAT
(5) Green Drake
(7) PMD / Pale Morning Dun
(9) Royal Humpy
(10) STIMULATOR, Yellow (stonefly, caddis, hopper etc.)
(11) Dave's Hopper (Dave Whitlock, most productive hopper ever developed)
(12) Ant, and "Amy's Ant"
(1) RS2, Sparkle Wing (any Mayfly)
the Green Deep Sparkle Pupa - CADDIS FLY:
This popular and innovative Green Deep Sparkle Pupa pattern was developed by the late Gary LaFontaine. Hours of underwater reasearch with scuba or snorkel equipment revealed that Caddis can form a gas bubble around themselves when prepering to hatch. The antron or Z-lon case around this fly forms a transluscent impression of that bubble that trout find hard to resist. Fly fishermen everywhere have made this fly one of the staples in their selections.
(2) Copper John
(3) PHEASANT TAIL
(4) PRINCE (Mayfly, Stonefly)
(5) HARE's EAR (Caddis Pupae, or Bulky Golden Stonefly)
(6) Mercury Midge @ Mercury Midge (Pat Dorsey) | Front Range Anglers | Boulder, Colorado Fly Fishing Shop and Guided Fly Fishing Service
(7) Black Beauty
Chironomids can compose more than 80% of a trouts diet, this trout staple should not be ignored. The Black Beauty chironomid has been a producer and a “go to” pattern for me on many occasions.
The great thing about this fly is the simplicity of it.
A chironomid is in size from 1/16″ to 1/2″. In the adult form they can often be confused with mosquitoes. Adults are commonly seen in swarms above lakes or ponds.
Chironomids are commonly fished subsurface using a strike indicator. Another method to try is to use a clear intermediate line or a full sink line.
When you are fishing weightless, cast out your line and let your chironomid sink. Use the count method while the pattern sinks to determine your depth.
Slowly use a figure eight retrieve and pause every 3 or 4 hand twists. A few years ago I attended a seminar on chironomid techniques by Mr. Brian Chan. During the seminar I asked Mr. Chan how slow a person should retrieve their chironomid. His response was painfully slow.
. Mike Monteith has written a great article on finding the strike zone and these techniques can be applied to this pattern.
(1) MUDDLER MINNOW
(2) Wooly Bugger (Black, Olive, & Medium Sizes)
(3) San Juan Worm
(5) EGG (Roger Bittell popularized the Egg in Colorado, and
claims that fish spawn year round, and that the Egg is going to catch fish.
» Easy Egg Fly Pattern - Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Information Resource
(6) Epoxy Minnow