Flies for Maine streams
Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:00 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:05 PM
elf hair caddis
Make sure you have Santa bring some from the North Pole for you this Christmas.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 02:15 PM
I think if there was one fly to have in Maine it would be a "caddis emerger" of some type. Your choice...there are tons of them...
For a dry fly style of which there are several I suppose if I had to pick one flavor that is my favoarite it would be the Thorax ties popularized by Vince Marinaro....Tie these in various sizes and colors...and you should be good to go...or you could pick the more trad Catskill style...or Comparadun -Sparkledun style...or parachute style.....
I have had some really fine days fishing a rust colored spotlight klinkhammer....but I've also depended on the old standby parachute Adams.......depends on the bugs and the fish...but I've caught a lot of fish on those two flies....
A big meaty is good to have....pick one....I am kinda a fan of humpies over wulffs, but many like wulffs...stimmies work...
I'd pick one or two styles and just tie them in bunches of colors and sizes for starters and augment them as you feel necessary and you gain more experience....
The fish change...they get use to popular stuff....and then other stuff works better....
Posted 16 December 2010 - 03:23 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:31 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:42 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:25 PM
Shhhhhh!!!! That's the secret weapon
My favorite and most productive dry flies in Maine are: elk hair caddisvarious colors and sizes), corn fed caddis (tied small can pass for caddis or BWO), and Ausable bomber. These 3 flies account for at least 95% of all my dry fly catches in Maine and NH the past 2 years.
Any kind of Caddis will work well, I like the X-Caddis as well. Always have several Griffith's Gnats with you, they catch fish when nothing else works. Can't beat woolly buggers and white winged marabou streamers like the black ghost and McKay special. For nymphs I'm not going to rattle off my favorite dozen, but make sure you have some PT's and hare's ears. I could go on, but that gives you a few
Opps, just saw you said DRY flies. I'll leave the rest anyway, because fish only feed about 2% to 5% of the time on the surface. So tie some nymphs and streamers, or you will be missing out on at least 95% of the fish
"Tis better to have fished and lost the fish than to have never fished at all"
Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:32 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:38 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 08:27 PM
Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:26 PM
That is always my go to fly when all else fails and it almost always produces.
Don't forget the Hornberg - dry - wet- streamer. It's the jack of all trades . Not sexy anymore but I would take it if I had to pick just one fly !
Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:14 PM
parachute light hendrickson #10-16
parachute dark handrickson #10-16
black elk hair caddis #16-20
godzilla caddis (my own brown olive cdc pattern) #12-16
dun quigley cripple #12-16
cdc rusty spinner #12-16
parachute black ant #12, #18
foam flying ant #12
cdc black spinner #18, #20
godzilla caddis #16
foam hopper #8-12
grizzly/peacock elk hair caddis #18
wood duck 2 feather fly (standard and parachute)#14-16
cdc rusty spinner #14-18
x-caddis olive #12-20
x-caddis tan #12-20
dun quigley cripple #20
parachute bwo #18-22
royal wulff #18
burgundy bugmeister #6-10
peacock bugmeister #6-10
while I fish a lot of muddler/hornberg style patterns on the surface, I'm not listing those as I don't consider those dry flies per se, however they are a must for any Maine angler.
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