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    First post. I'm 17 and love fishing, most the time i spinner fish but fly fishing is my number one passion. I live in boise and mostly fish the boise river but also fish the salmon and other areas around. I'm just wondering what patterns would be the best for fishing the boise. I'm looking for five or so patterns in three sizes. I think that'll give me a good base to start. My dad has flies he's collected over his time as a fly fisherman but i wanted to start my own collection.

    Thanks

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    South Fork of the Boise is almost as good as it gets, so you live in a great spot. I would try the following:

    1. Golden Stone (Big Ugly) Rubberlegs in size 6
    2. Flashback, bead-head Pheasant-tail in sizes 18, 16, 14
    3. KG's South Fork Special (actually named for the South Fork of the Snake River) Here's a pic and a recipe:

    South Fork Special



    Hook: DaiRiki 125 size #14
    Thread: 8/0 Olive/Dun
    Bead: Copper 3/32
    Tail: 8-10 Pheasant-tail fibers
    Rib: Chartreuse Uni wire small
    Abdomen: Ice Dub pearl
    Thorax: Ice Dub olive brown
    Wingcase: Pheasant-tail fibers
    Wing/Legs: Olive Hen Feather


    4. Elk Hair Caddis in sizes 14 and 16
    5. My new favorite dry fly - Smoke Jumper in size 14 and 16

    There you have it. I carry so many flies that I couldn't possibly pare it down to five favorites, but this list gets pretty close.

    Kelly
    I fish, therefore I am - but I gotta go to work first..."piscari ergo sum"

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    thank you for the fast reply. I've heard that elk hair caddis are the bread and butter fly of the boise. And these other choices look good as well. Thanks for the help i will definitly be picking some of these up when i can.

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    If I were going to start a new box it would have the flies in many persons top five list. I'll see how many I can remember:
    Dry's: Parachute Adams; Elk Hair Caddis; Griffiths Gnat; Ant
    Nymphs: Pheasant Tail Nymph (KG SF Special); Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear; Copper John; Prince Nymph.

    Sorry if this second part seems like a hijack to your thread. It's just to send out a "Bravo" to Kelly. I found out what the KG stands for in the recipe you posted. It's your published nymph and what a winner. I tied one, and can't wait to fish it. It looks awesome.

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    Hi H.
    In addition to the suggestions that you get from the forum members, you might want to start learning a little bit of entomology. By learning the bugs that frequent your waters, you could make your fly choices. You don't need to emerse yourself to a college level course. You just need to know a few bug types.

    If you want a small reference book that identifies bugs and some corresponding flies, take a look at Schollmeyer's Hatch Guide for Western Streams. It is a great reference that fits into the pocket of a vest. The pages are made of waterproof paper, so it's safe to take a dunk with it. You can get it at any fly shop, Amazon, or major book store.



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    Default Re: Best five patterns

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie View Post
    If I were going to start a new box it would have the flies in many persons top five list. I'll see how many I can remember:
    Dry's: Parachute Adams; Elk Hair Caddis; Griffiths Gnat; Ant
    Nymphs: Pheasant Tail Nymph (KG SF Special); Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear; Copper John; Prince Nymph.

    Sorry if this second part seems like a hijack to your thread. It's just to send out a "Bravo" to Kelly. I found out what the KG stands for in the recipe you posted. It's your published nymph and what a winner. I tied one, and can't wait to fish it. It looks awesome.
    Thanks, Jimmie. This fly is a real winner and I always carry plenty when I'm out and about, more to share with fellow anglers than for fishing, but that's what it's all about isn't it. Take this thread for example, here we can share our favorites as well as our local expertise with someone asking for some advise. The flyfishing community is the greatest collection of helpful and friendly people I have ever had the pleasure to associate with.

    I agree with MP regarding Schollmeyer's book. The man is a genius and I try to get my hands on anything he writes or says. Besides that he's a great guy.

    Kelly.

    P.S.: althought KG's South Fork Special is a great fly overall, in waters where there are whitefish it is candy to them...just sayin'
    I fish, therefore I am - but I gotta go to work first..."piscari ergo sum"

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    Thanks for all this great advice. I'll look at all of it when im choosing my flies. At my high school we actually had practical entemology, i took it last year just because you got to tie flies, build a rod, and go fishing for a day, and for an easy A. So i have some knowledge, very basic but a little. I will still look into that book. Do you guys have any ideas for a casting and technique book? i have my basic casts down but could always add to the arsenal.

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    Looks like you're in good hands here for advice so I'll just say welcome to the forum. I hope you become a regular poster here and I'm sure you will make some friends.

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    Thank you, i regular a few other forums, butr this i definitly the warmest welcome i've gotten.

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    Default Re: Best five patterns - well covered above.

    One web site that I visit frequently (will be there in a few minutes) is Hillsdiscountflies out of Yakima, Washington. Been buying from them for years without a bother.

    But, one of the great things about the site is the hundreds of colour photos of fly patterns. It's a trip just to page through and (as will be the case shortly) drop a few bucks.

    Tie most of my own, but when I get down to size 10's and below ......... at 68, I'm not the Guy I used to be.
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

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