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    Default Whats your go to fly?

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

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    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.

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    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.
    Davo
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    Roger that Davo. If you want big fish, feed 'em some meat.

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    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.

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    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...............

    Pocono

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    Without any clues? An all black nymph that I tie up. Sometimes a woolly bugger.
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    Stimmy's for me

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    Without question, it is Ed Shenk's White Minnow tied with rabbit fur.
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    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...

    Kelly.
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