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#1 ChrisCavs

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 11:58 AM

so as I'm learning to fish and to tie, I'm wondering what dry flies I should tie for spring in Maine's trout streams. Any suggestions?
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:00 PM

elf hair caddis, parachute adams, and some sort of grass hopper
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:29 PM

XCaddis.... use zlon for the shuck....

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 01:05 PM

elf hair caddis


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Posted 16 December 2010 - 02:15 PM

If this were an easy question to answer everyone would have one fly box and a few flies....but there are obviously all kinds of flies for all kinds of fish...and therefor 1000's upon 1000's of flies....

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....
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 03:23 PM

I think a commonly overlooked fly is the Griffith's gnat. It is buggy looking and it can imitate a wide variety of bug life that can trigger hungry trout without matching a specific hatch. It's a great searching pattern. Sizes 18-22.

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 03:35 PM

take a look through this
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:31 PM

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. ;) B)
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:42 PM

Kennabago Muddler, tie different sizes, they float, they sink, they work great.

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:25 PM

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. ;) B)

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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 :rolleyes:

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 ;)
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:32 PM

I catch a lot of Rainbows and Brookies on Royal Wulffs. I often use two files, a Wulff and Elk Hair Caddis. They go for the Wulffs 8 out of 10 times. However, a lot of these streams don't have a lot of food; so the Brookies will eat anything.

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:38 PM

I like to use my own creations. Some have names and some don't. I like to look at the insects available to the fish and try to match it with size, color, and silhouette. I am the originator of the Kennebago Muddler and I can say its one of my favorite flies when nothing is hatching.
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 08:27 PM

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 !

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:26 PM

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 !

That is always my go to fly when all else fails and it almost always produces. ;) B)
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:14 PM

this is what I've found for smaller waters in southern/central maine and nh especially:

spring:
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

summer/fall:
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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