Mattyice572

Which fly for fall trout?

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Hey guys, last year i finally bought a fly set up and started tying my own flies. So far I've caught 2 trout this past spring on some bright green flies that i tied as a joke and put it on when my “caddis flies” weren't producing any bites.  Now its fall and im fishing the nj area in the flatbrook river and rivers near it, and areas in roscoe ny. I went out last weekend to roscoe and in 3 days didnt catch a thing. So my question is for the north eastern area for trout fishing, what flies and hook sizes would you recommend i use? These areas have stocked rainbow trout but im more so interested in trying to hook into a wild brown or brook trout. Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

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There’s really not much hatching at this time so your best bet is nymphs or streamers IMO. 
 

For nymphs you can try pheasant tail, hares ear, perdigon, rainbow warriors, scuds, and midges. For streamers I usually throw a woolly bugger.

 

 

 

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Okay, so it sounds like your just getting started..   If so, you could be missing out on learning opportunities by overlooking the stocked fish..  Stocked fish may not have the discerning eye of a wild fish,, but they can still teach you valuable lessons about presentation, drag free drift,, etc..  As for flies, if you want to stay natural, small caddis and midge nymphs will catxh and up your odds with wild fish.  If you just want to catch trout,  tie a size 12 or 14 pheasant tail or hares ear about 18 to 24 inches off the hook bend of a conehead weighted streamer, like a slumpbuster, zonker or bugger.  Cast cross current and let it swing downstream.  Trout will hit both the streamer and trailing nymph.  Good luck.

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Flatbrook trout are suckers for a #12-#14 hare's ear fished as a dropper or under and indicator. Second choice would be swinging flashy streamers thru deeper pockets and pools. Leaves get to be a real PIA this time of year for streamers though. Good luck! 

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Some might think it's unethical but glow bug egg fly will work, I would use wooly buggers, bait fish patterns if you want to fish surface a midge pattern like Griffith nat 

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Don’t consider fly pattern as much as size. Drop down to a 18 or so. Zebra midge is a great fly to learn tying technique and is stupidly effective. #18-20 bead head zebra off a #16 caddis is hard to beat. Pretty effective year round. Caddis is just an edible bobber. 
Honestly just work on presentation. Roscoe can be tough cause they see so much pressure, going small helps. Don’t be afraid of #20 flies. Add small split shot till ya snag the bottom. 

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