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j43jacko 04-03-2011 04:07 PM

Whats your go to fly?
What would be your guys' go to fly when fishing a new stream?

gadfly_nj 04-03-2011 07:52 PM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
Well, that's a tough question. I'd pick a different go to fly for different streams. For a freestone stream, I'd say a yellow stimulator for a dry and a soft hackle hare's ear for a nymph. For a limestone stream, I'd go with parachute adams and zebra midge.

Davo 04-03-2011 08:08 PM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
Gadfly is right, it would depend on the water. Though out here in the West I tend to prospect new river with a streamer until I see some hatches worth trying out.

gadfly_nj 04-03-2011 08:13 PM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
Roger that Davo. If you want big fish, feed 'em some meat.

poke em 04-04-2011 04:29 AM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
I'm with Davo, but it has nothing to do with trying to catch big fish. Big fish eat small fish, small fish eat smaller fish. I tend to start with a small streamer on brand new water.

Pocono 04-04-2011 05:32 AM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
For Trout; top water fishing - parachute Adams: #14-16. Underwater - red Copper John: #14

Add two more: top water - cream Elk Hair Caddis (gives me the dark fly/light fly option). Underwater - Stewart's Spider (IMO the "buggiest: wet of them all).

Add two more...................add two more............... ;)


ant 04-04-2011 07:02 AM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
Without any clues? An all black nymph that I tie up. Sometimes a woolly bugger.

tyler185 04-04-2011 09:39 AM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
Stimmy's for me

piscatorial_phd 04-04-2011 10:30 AM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
Without question, it is Ed Shenk's White Minnow tied with rabbit fur.
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kglissmeyer1 04-04-2011 12:28 PM

Re: Whats your go to fly?
I have a standard setup I use for most waters, and, since I mostly nymph fish it is a nymph rig under an indicator. Since we can use three flies in Idaho I'll usually set up with a heavy "Big Ugly" Rubberlegs stonefly nymph, trailed by either a bead-head flashback Pheasant-tail nymph or one of my KG's South Fork Special nymphs, or an Improved Shop Vac nymph, trailed then by some type of midge offering such as a KG's Deep Purple Peril midge, a Rainbow Warrior or small Zebra Midge.

Here are some pics:

"Big Ugly" Rubberlegs:

Bead-head Flashback Pheasant-tail:

KG's South Fork Special:

KG's 'Improved' Shop Vac (original Shop Vac fly by Craig Matthews):

KG's Deep Purple Peril midge:

Rainbow Warrior:

Can't say that I have a go-to 'fly', rather, a go-to setup of multiple flies whenever I fish unfamiliar water. Last year I fished the Big Horn River for the first time. As I was getting rigged up our host noticed what I was going to use and simply said "Won't work, no stoneflies in this river..." I was a bit surprised, but I paid attention and re-rigged my setup to what he suggested. My buddy who swears by the big rubberlegs nymphs refused to believe the fish wouldn't take his rubberlegs even in water without stoneflies and he went fishless for the day...


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