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If you could fill a fly box for trout with only one fly in but in several sizes...what would it be? To help out a little bit...lets say it's April or May.

 

It would be REALLY tough for me to decide between rusty spinner, elk hair caddis or a pheasent tail. I think I might lean towards the rusty spinner. I would fill a box with #10's-#22's. I mostly fish the Housatonic and Farmington rivers where there are plenty of hendrickson's, march browns, brown darkes, and BWO's. All of which warrant a rusty spinner.

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I would fill my box with various sizes of a soft hackle. You can fish it as a nymph, a small streamer or swing it as an emerger...... To me it is the most versitle trout fly of them all. Can I tie it in various colors too? If so, I will catch fish during almost ANY hatch. If not I guess I will tie it w/grey body and brown partridge.

 

HC

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View PostI would fill my box with various sizes of a soft hackle. You can fish it as a nymph, a small streamer or swing it as an emerger...... To me it is the most versitle trout fly of them all.

 

Ding...ding....we have a WINNER. Most of my fish are caught on soft hackles...especially during the emerger phase of a hatch. After all, trout feed under water more than 90% of the time. Great answer HC!!!!

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Gee....I am going to cheat and say

Dry: elk hair caddis/ blue wing olive

Wet: light cahill

Nymph: flash back pheasant tail

 

sorry....but you can't be successful w/o at least one for each condition.

 

Steve

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I would go with a parachute Adams, there is so much you could do to a parachute fly on the stream with a pair of sizzors. It could be a dun, an emerger, and a spinner if trimmed right for each stage. You could even rub dirt on it darken it a little. But if I had to survive I would go with a bugger, or muddler.

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Light Cahill dry. I know more fish feed below the surface but for some reason I catch more on this fly than any other. If the fish are not taking it off of the surface I'll skip the floatant and let it get below the film.

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On top and in the film, elk hair caddis, a couple of colors (light to dark). Once the caddis gets good and chewed up, it works great subsurface with a bit of split shot.

 

Sub surface, black dubbed ant or a grey and peacock nymph (gray dubbed body w/ peacock herl head)

 

I carry a million others, but those are the ones that catch fish.

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View Postsmile.gif A fly called a Cooper Bug.Works all over any time..Out west ,North and East.Trust me,this is from 50yrs experience.wink.gif

 

Just looked this up!

I see it is a variation of The Devil Bug, which is a hot fly, and I have used both apparently. Definitely a very effective fly.drool.gif

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