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    Default Name Your Trout Top Ten Nymph & Dry Flies

    Not trying to make it too complicated. If it sinks it's a nymph, if it floats it's a dry.

    Here is mine in no particular order:

    Top Ten Nymph

    1. Copper John
    2. Prince Nymph
    3. Pheasant Tail
    4. Zug Bug
    5. Sparkle Caddis Pupa
    6. San Juan Worm
    7. Egg
    8. Wooly Bugger
    9. Zebra Midge
    10. Hares Ear

    Top Ten Dry

    1. Adams
    2. Elk Hair Caddis
    3. Hopper
    4. Stimulator
    5. Ant
    6. X-Caddis
    7. BWO
    8. RS2
    9. Foam Midge Emerger
    10. Spinner

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    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

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    picket pin
    dark Cahill wet
    light Cahill wet
    march brown flymph
    pheasant tail soft hackle
    my own fur nymph
    Coleman March brown nymph
    a new one for me that I used quite a bit this year was the pink squirrel nymph


    light Cahill
    foam ant
    royal Wulff
    Griffith's gnat
    deer hair caddis
    my own "neer hair" emerger
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Coolidge, AZ

    Default Re: Name Your Trout Top Ten Nymph & Dry Flies

    Not including bead head, flashback, bead head flasbcak, and different color combinations, mine are:


    Pheasant Tail
    Hare's Ear
    Copper John
    Prince Nymph
    Lightning Bug
    Black Beauty Midge
    Zebra Midge
    Zug Bug
    San Juan Worm


    Stimulators (including rubber legged)
    Adams- parachute and natural
    Elk Hair Caddis
    Griffith's Gnat
    Hopper Juan
    Cripples- to match what is going on

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    I don't do too much nymph fishing, so I'll leave that to the experts. (When I do nymph-fish, it's pretty much the standards)

    Qiugley Cripple
    Royal Wulff
    Elk Hair Caddis
    Chernobyl Ant
    Chernobyl Hopper

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    Jul 2011
    Broomfield, Co
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    1) Barr Emerger
    2) Poison Tung
    3) Copper John
    4) Rainbow Warrior
    5) Disco Midge
    6) Hot wire prince nymph
    7) RS2
    8) WD40 olive
    9) Franks Flashy
    10) San Juan worm

    1) hi vis para Adams
    2) Elk Hairy Cadddis
    3) BWO

    That's it for dries...rarely do I use a ant or hopper because 99% of the time the Adams or EHC hammer them around here
    "The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
    CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

    "Snap it" Hank Patterson

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    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    Default Re: Name Your Trout Top Ten Nymph & Dry Flies

    What kind of guy would I be if I didn't answer your thread? For almost 9 years I haven't had many needs for a dry but I still do a little each year to stay sharp

    1. Blue Quill #18 - 20, this worked for almost every hatch no matter what was on the water, I seldom used BWO because this filled that need.
    2. Grey Fox Variant #10 - 14, with or without wings this was my big Mayfly pattern. It covered March Brown, Slate Drake, and Gray Fox hatches.
    3. Light Cahill #14 - 16, answered the need for most pale dunn and tan Mayflies.
    4. Sulfur Quill #16, Tied with a stripped Lt. Ginger feather quill this worked for the Spring Creek Sulfur colored mayflies.
    5. Female Beaverkill #14 & 16, A Mayfly not too widespread and perhaps another pattern would have worked but I tied the original and used it.
    6. Heneryville Special Caddis #14 & 16, I only ever tied a few Elk Hair Caddis because I used the Heneryville in color variations for my caddis.
    7. Bi-Visible # 14 - 16, The best pocket water Brook Trout fly I can think of, they don't have much time to look at the fly and this works just fine.
    8. Quill Gordon #14 - 16, Early April they come on in great numbers and I tied and used the original pattern.
    9. Ginger Quill #16, This was a good all purpose dry fly with a good silhouette and mimicked many different buff Mayflies in North Central PA.

    10. Here on my home waters now I use a Royal Wulff because I can This is the only place I've ever fished where you can tie on an attractor fly and have confidence that you will raise a fish. I always liked the fly but never had much use for them in the lower 48. The flies I listed are but a few of what I tied & used in my other life, I used them with confidence in many states and providences but Lived in North Central Pennsylvania for years.


    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

    Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard
    Ard's Forum blog, Alaska Outdoors

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    Most of my fishing is small streams/creeks.


    Fox Squirrel
    Hare's Ear
    Pheasant Tail
    Wooly Bugger
    Zug Bug


    Adams - Dun & Parachute
    BWO - Sparkle & Parachute
    Griffiths Gnat
    Mahogany - Emerger
    PMD - Sparkle & Spinner
    Royal Wulff
    Spinner - PMD & Red Quill

    Maybe throw a Scud in the mix, but other than the above...can't think of a time where I felt I didn't have the right fly to catch fish or "match the hatch"
    Last edited by wichaka; 05-09-2013 at 08:22 PM.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Akron Ohio (don't let that fool you)

    Default Re: Name Your Trout Top Ten Nymph & Dry Flies

    Picket Pin
    Leadwing Coachman
    various softhackles
    Pheasent tails
    cress bugs

    Something grey
    something green
    something yellow
    deer hair caddis in tan and green
    without a doubt the Griffen Gnat
    deer hair beetles
    fur ants
    Oh I live to be the ruler of life not a slave

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    present tail
    phesant tail--soft hackle
    zebra midge
    egg pattern
    rainbow warrior
    split case sulphur
    lighting bug
    blue assasin

    i usually only fish with nymphs, have tackled dry fly yet--hoping to next year
    Last edited by horseman_37601; 11-17-2012 at 10:14 AM. Reason: spelling

    "the ox is slow, but the earth is patience"

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    Default Re: Name Your Trout Top Ten Nymph & Dry Flies

    Hare's ear
    Pheasant tail
    Zebra midge
    Rainbow warrior
    Copper John
    Pat's rubber legs
    20 Incher
    Cased caddis
    Psycho prince
    Sparkle pupa

    (Ok, that's 11, but all of these did well for me this year)

    EH caddis
    Parachute Adams
    Parachute hares ear
    Rusty spinner
    Griffith's gnat
    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" - Lee Wulff

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