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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Minnesota
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Minnesota on Nov 30, 2014November 30th, 2014, 7:14 pm EST
I really catch alot of fish on a larger pheasant tail like a #12 or #10 with alot of fluffy and buggyness to it
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Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Dec 1, 2014December 1st, 2014, 5:24 am EST
These five are for the waters I frequent. There are a lot of other places that would demand a different 5 flies.

1 Woolly Bugger Olive #6
2 BWO comparadun #18
3 Light Cahill #14
4 EHC #16
5 Mellow Yellow #4
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Dec 1, 2014December 1st, 2014, 5:31 am EST
1. #6 Black Woolly Bugger
2. #6 Gray over white Clouser
3. #12 Hare's ear nymph
4. #14 Adams
5. #16 BWO

As Kyle mentions it all depends on where you are fishing for trout. I based my selections on trout fishing in rivers east of the Mississippi. for Western trout rivers my selection would be different.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Troutnut on Dec 1, 2014December 1st, 2014, 10:48 pm EST
1. #14 Galloup's cripple, rusty spinner color
2. #12 Royal doublewing
3. #12 Black foam beetle
4. #14 Pink squirrel nymph
5. #18 Parachute Adams
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Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Dec 2, 2014December 2nd, 2014, 5:10 am EST

4. #14 Pink squirrel nymph

You're showing your midwestern roots. I don't know many (any?) people outside the driftless that fish them.
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Troutnut on Dec 2, 2014December 2nd, 2014, 6:40 am EST

4. #14 Pink squirrel nymph

You're showing your midwestern roots. I don't know many (any?) people outside the driftless that fish them.


Yeah, I got hooked on it while fishing in Wisconsin for a summer and reading the Wisconsin fly fishing boards. I think it has a great balance of lifelike features and attention-grabbing features, which is key to a searching / attractor fly. I've had so much success with it that I have more intangible confidence in it than I do in the hare's ear, pheasant tail, prince nymph, etc.
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Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Dec 2, 2014December 2nd, 2014, 8:55 am EST

4. #14 Pink squirrel nymph

You're showing your midwestern roots. I don't know many (any?) people outside the driftless that fish them.


Yeah, I got hooked on it while fishing in Wisconsin for a summer and reading the Wisconsin fly fishing boards. I think it has a great balance of lifelike features and attention-grabbing features, which is key to a searching / attractor fly. I've had so much success with it that I have more intangible confidence in it than I do in the hare's ear, pheasant tail, prince nymph, etc.

You are far from the only person I know who has that kind of confidence. Most people who know the pattern affectionately refer to it as "trout candy" or "trout crack". I know guys who jokingly (sort of) call fishing them "cheating". The fish almost can't leave them alone. With a tungsten bead bounced through riffles or rocky runs, they are absolute killers.
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Connecticut

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RMlytle on Dec 5, 2014December 5th, 2014, 2:24 pm EST
Black leaches, Soft Hackles, Hare's Ears, Ausable Bombers, and Parachute Adams.
I'd say a black leach is the best fly for anything from Tarpon to Trout at any time. Best fly to have in your box.

I'd choose the Ausable bomber because I've taken trout on it during Hendrickson, Winter and Summer Caddis, Blue Quill, Stonefly (Needlefly and Little Yellow Sally), and Orange Caddis hatches. It gives a great impression of an insect struggling in the surface film as well as high riding mayflies.

Soft Hackles work at almost all times. If your not carrying parachute Adams in sizes 12-22, you are missing out. The work in so many circumstances, as do Hare's Ears.
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Southern Indiana

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Bigfoot on Feb 4, 2015February 4th, 2015, 1:26 pm EST
Anyone have links to the best knot tying out there? My eyes are pathetic at best!
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Feb 4, 2015February 4th, 2015, 1:58 pm EST
All you need to do is Google "Fly fishing knots" and you should get a zillion hits. Actually 2,300,000 hits!

http://www.flyfishingconnection.com/knots.html

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
TNEAL
GRAYLING. MICHIGAN

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TNEAL on Feb 4, 2015February 4th, 2015, 2:23 pm EST
parachute adams should be a style and not a pattern. Post, tail, body, hackle....... vary the size, body color and hackle to make the same style fit all emergers. And make the tail a little heavier than you normally would; it imitates the trailing shuck.
Tomsix1
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Tomsix1 on Feb 18, 2015February 18th, 2015, 1:06 am EST
I Think the May Fly is one of the must have flies or what do you know ?
Live 4 flyfishing
BauseDragon
Montgomery County

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BauseDragon on Mar 25, 2015March 25th, 2015, 10:11 am EDT
I would Have 2 bead head black stone flies size 16 14, 2 wooly buggers size 8 Green with Brown hackle and black on black, and 1 Hellgramite.
PA Flyfisher
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Oldredbarn on Mar 26, 2015March 26th, 2015, 1:43 pm EDT
#14 Pink squirrel nymph


When we going to see this fly? or it's recipe?

Spence
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RleeP
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

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RleeP on Mar 27, 2015March 27th, 2015, 5:15 am EDT



Well, here's my take on the Pink Squirrel after having spent the last 15 years fishing mainly in Wisconsin with occasional trips to the Iowa spring creeks and a few forays to the western UP. The pattern varies depending on who you talk to, but it generally goes something like this:

Hook: Heavy wire scud hook or simply a standard length wet fly hook/Mustad 3906 equiv. I prefer the scud hooks. Size #12-16.

Tail: Two or three strands of pearl krystal flash. Very short, no more than 1/4 inch.

Body - Fox Squirrel body (not belly) hair, kinda rough and spiky. Same stuff you'd use for the thorax of a Whitlock Fox Sq. nymph. I usually mix in a little gray or brown antron to make this crap dub easier, but I have a low frustration threshold. Just a little though..

Rib - Fine or small uni-wire in gold, copper or red. This is a bead head fly and I always tried to make a point of contrasting the rib and bead colors, although I don't think it matters to the fish.

Head - one or two turns of small pink chenille, depending on fly size. This may be unsubstantiated voodoo/bs, but I've found that a hot or fluorescent pink is about useless for the head. You want the duller pink, almost a coral that is labeled shrimp/shell pink or whatever. It seems to make quite a bit of difference.

Bead - Gold or copper bead. 1/8" for size #12 and 3/32 or 5/64 for 14's and 16's.

When you're done, it should look something like this:


http://dubuqueflyfishers.org/Swap11/PinkSquirrel.html


This fly was eerily murderous on the Driftless fish, especially when fished as the front end of a tandem with a #16 or #18 green wire (not olive) Copper John in the trailing position. We'll see how it does on Pennysylvania and Southern Tier of New York fish this year.
Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Mar 27, 2015March 27th, 2015, 5:52 am EDT
#14 Pink squirrel nymph


When we going to see this fly? or it's recipe?

Spence




This request from a diehard top water guy?????? I won't tell Antonio or Eric. Wow!
TKB
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Pennsylvania

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TKB on Mar 29, 2015March 29th, 2015, 7:47 am EDT
1. Wolly bugger - Black or olive - #8
2. Golden Stone Nymph - #8
3. Humpy - #16-#18
4. BWO or Sulphur soft hackle -#16
5. Parachute adams - #18
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Planettrout on Mar 29, 2015March 29th, 2015, 9:46 am EDT
#14 Pink squirrel nymph


When we going to see this fly? or it's recipe?

Spence


HERE:

https://vimeo.com/53524062


PT/TB


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FlyGuy123
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FlyGuy123 on Jun 9, 2016June 9th, 2016, 1:53 am EDT
Choosing only five flies is a pretty difficult task. But I would not want to find myself without:

Salmon and sea trout fisher that sometimes get the chance to fish brown trout. Occasionally write about trout fishing.
Losthwy
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Losthwy on Jun 10, 2016June 10th, 2016, 7:45 pm EDT
For all types of water and only limited to to 5. First- no dry flies, too limiting.
1. Mayfly emerger, pick your poison, mine RS2
2. Caddis emerger, pick your poison, mine Shop Vac
3. Midge emerger, pick your poison, mine All Day Midge
4, Wooley Bugger/Leach
5. Midge Larva, pick your poison, mine Disco Midge

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