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    Default Flies to get for starters?

    I'm new to the sport and recently been buying imitators. At the urging of a fellow angler, I've been told to start picking up some attractors. I've settled on a few classic attractor patterns to start (Adams, Wulff, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail) but am now wondering if I need all of the different versions. By that I mean an Adams pattern in the following versions: Dry Dun, Spinners, CDC Parachute, CDC Biot Parachute, Compara-dun, Emergers, Loop wing emerger, Sparkle Dun...all of them are Adams.

    Does anyone have any advice on just the versions of these patterns I should start with? Thanks for any of your advice!

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    I've generally always fished "attractor" patterns in various shapes and sizes and they will often work. This is actually the first year I plan to do a lot of research on matching the hatch in hopes of having a more productive year for trout. My favorites are the parachute adams in various colors and sizes, especially for streams. The Wulff also rides high in the water and I've caught a huge amount of fish on it. I think one of my favorite dries, though, is the royal coachman in various sizes. I've always had good luck with it.

    For nymphs, I prefer the flashback pheasant tail, prince and hare's ear. They can all be very productive and tied/bought in various sizes and colors to match various hatches.

    Edit: meant the "irresistible wulff". It's got a elk hair body and rides super high in the water. Perfect for stream fishing.
    Last edited by oregonism; 03-02-2010 at 12:03 AM.

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    Northern California
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    Attractors are very productive. I'm partial to humpies, trudes, and large foam hoppers/ants.

    An attractor nymph that is very popular here in Northern California is Mike Mercer's Psycho Prince. It is a variation of the Prince Nymph.

    Last edited by MoscaPescador; 03-01-2010 at 11:00 PM. Reason: misread OP

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    Nov 2008
    Upper Mojave Desert

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    There have been "favorite fly"; "top five"; etc. threads. You already have four of the the top five. I'd fill in some different sizes of those. Then I'd add some streamers (woolley buggers, etc); terrestrials (ants, hoppers); midges; gnats; mosquitoes. OH, I forgot my favorite dry, Elk Hair Caddis.

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    Thanks folks! I'll get em.

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    Some flies I like to carry.

    Dry Flies:
    Adams or Parachute Adams, Stimulator (stone fly imitation), Bi-visible, Elk Hair Caddis, Foam Ant or Beetle

    Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Prince Nymph, Copper John

    Woolly Bugger, Mickey Finn, Leach pattern (especially on still water), Muddler Minnow

    Other I like:
    Girdle Bug (with centipede legs) and Red Headed Greenie Weenie


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    I was talking to my son, who is just starting out, and I came upon the realization that I fish the flies I listed above about 90% of the time. I also carry a bunch more, but in reality, these are what I usually tie on, throw in the BWO or a couple variations of the classic adams (a spinner or two), and the flies I pick up from the swaps I do and I can fish just about anywhere with these. I do also like the royal wulff and a couple other dry patterns, but, as I said, 90% of the time I fish the flies above. Just thought I would pass that on.


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