This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
Butch28 on Jul 14, 2009July 14th, 2009, 1:51 pm EDT
i know pretty much the basics and have practice a good bit.now what is a good fly to use this time of yr?also should i use a wet or dry fly?maybe could even show me some pics and what size works best.i fish mostly in PA
Shawnny3 on Jul 15, 2009July 15th, 2009, 1:08 am EDT
A pheasant tail nymph, or something similar, in sizes ranging from 16-20, can be a killer fly in summer, especially if an evening hatch kicks in (but a little nymph will often fish well regardless).
At the risk of self-promoting, I also recommend my Green Curly Worm, or something similar. It approximates an inchworm or the bright green caddis larvae found in many streams in PA. Louis's suggestion of an ant is a really good one, but I've personally found the ant rather unproductive this year, perhaps because I have usually fished it in tandem with the Curly Worm. Probably because of its bright color, when I tie it on in tandem with another fly, virtually every fish I catch is on the Curly. It produces along the bank (often where you should be fishing in summer, and I mean right up along the bank), swirling around in tricky eddies, in deep holes, fast pocket water... pretty much anywhere.
All three patterns mentioned are really, really easy and quick to tie, and I would recommend doing that instead of paying someone else for them. But then, no one ever saved money (or their sanity) by getting into flytying, so purchase the flies if you must.
Martinlf on Jul 15, 2009July 15th, 2009, 8:37 am EDT
or something similar
Just couldn't bring yourself to say "green weenie" could you, Shawn?
I'll have to agree with Shawn; his are very good choices. As for ants, Shawn may be forgetting the exploits of the orange ant in the Baree Gorge, though. I've been catching a good number of fish on ants. And beetles, another good summertime option for fishing dry.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"
Shawnny3 on Jul 15, 2009July 15th, 2009, 12:13 pm EDT
I thought Gonzo would be the first to suggest a beetle - another good one. I have not forgotten the lesson you taught at the Gorge that time, Louis, but I am a slow learner and have yet to even fish the orange ant. Maybe I'll go whip some up and try them the next time the black one doesn't produce. I hadn't noticed that you neglected to mention color in your post.
As for the quote, it was hard enough to bring myself to type the words, "or something similar." I'm just trying to observe Jason's rule regarding filthy language. Of course, those rules never meant much to you, Louis. Heck, you've even been guilty of haiku. But you won't drag me into the gutter.
Butch28 on Jul 15, 2009July 15th, 2009, 3:05 pm EDT
i hate to be to picky,but do you guys mind posting some pics when you guys are saying what to use?being new to it i can pickup a lil faster with pics if not thats cool i'm sure i'll figure out what they are.this is my first yr trout fishing and i'm having a blast.i have caught many on my open face pfluger reel so now i am stepping up to the fly rod that my fiance' has got me.never thought this trout fishing could be this fun!after i get good with it think i am going to try to catch me some bass with it
CaseyP on Jul 15, 2009July 15th, 2009, 4:22 pm EDT
you can Google the name of the fly (add +fly fishing or you'll get some amazingly odd answers) and you'll get a list of links to try. another quick source is a fly tying book of basic flies from the library. another is one of the fly sellers that advertise on this site and others--their online catalogs are nifty.
these suggestions are made not because we're lazy around here, but because the pictures are better than average, and some even come with tying instructions for when that part of fly fishing bites you unawares.
Have a look at this pattern, but instead of pheasant tail fibers, try using fibers from the brown section of a turkey tail. It's great for Isonychia. Another good one is my Claret Flymph. Both these are wingless wets and can be fished in the film tied on light wire hooks or deeper on wet fly hooks.
Hook: Grip 1472BL or standard wet or dry hook #12-18
Thread: Brown Uni-Thread
Hackle: Dark brown Speckled Hen
Ribbing and tag: Fine copper wire
Body: Claret/Maroon colored rabbit, dubbed Leisenring style on Red Uni-Thread
Terrestrials, as mentioned are also excellent right now. Ants, beetles and crickets are great.
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt
Flymphs, Soft-hackles and Spiders: http://www.troutnut.com/libstudio/FS&S/index.html
Shawnny3 on Jul 16, 2009July 16th, 2009, 11:12 pm EDT
Mark's suggestion of softhackles is good on a number of levels. They're easy to tie, imitate lots of things fish eat (so they're good to try if you don't really know what to try), and are easy for the beginner to fish because a perfect dead-drift presentation often isn't needed for them to fish well.
Quite common around here this time of year are small crane flies, Size 18 or so, ranging from orange to yellow. A softhackle in the correct size and color would be a nice imitation of drowned adults.
Flatstick96 on Jul 17, 2009July 17th, 2009, 6:10 am EDT
At the risk of stating the obvious, my advice would be to keep it as simple as possible (at least at first), especially if you want to tie your own (which I think you'll really enjoy).
The beauty of pursuits like fly-fishing and fly-tying is that they offer almost infinite levels of complexity and expense, and each individual can decide what level of complexity or expense suits them best; I am of the opinion that many fly-fishermen are a lot like golfers in that they tend to over complicate things (and over spend), but that's just my opinion. Anyhow, the point is that just because others choose to complicate their approach to fly-fishing, or spend a crapload on money on it, it doesn't mean this pursuit HAS to be complicated or expensive. So, do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and at least START OUT simple.
There have already been several useful suggestions of simple flies (just about all of which are sub-surface flies, which doesn't surprise me since that's where you'll likely catch most of your fish). I'll add three more to the list: Walt's Worm, Muskrat, and March Brown Spider.
I suspect you can buy an inexpensive kit of tying tools, and the materials needed to tie a bountiful supply of the 10 or so flies listed here, for well under $100. And I also suspect that you could catch trout on damned near any stream in PA with nothing more in your box than the very simple patterns listed here.
For more information on a lot of this stuff (and detailed tying info - with pictures - on several of the patterns listed in this thread) go here and read the articles:
Jmd123 on Jul 22, 2009July 22nd, 2009, 4:43 pm EDT
I'll back Shawn up on the Adams & Elk Hair Caddis - two of my favorite dries that will both catch far more than trout. However, as a newbie, I highly recommend Woolly Buggers. Size 6 through 10 is mostly what I use, and any color of the rainbow will work under the right circumstances - for trout, try black, brown, olive, and purple. (For bass and pafish, if you are so inclined, I think chartreuse is best!) Besides this Butch, if you ever want to get into tying your own, Woolly Buggers are easy - first fly I ever learned to tie - and they are DEADLY on ALL fish species. Take a look in the catalogs - Cabelas, Orvis, Feather-Craft, etc. - and your local fly shop. There is even a book out called Woolly Wisdom on the innumerable variationsa on the Woolly Bugger and Woolly Worm.
Also, grasshopper imitations are great from mid-summer to fall. My favorite is a size 10.
Good luck and tight lines!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...