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

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

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
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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Monticello, NY

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Adirman on Jun 10, 2016June 10th, 2016, 9:54 pm EDT
I would go with:

1.Royal Wulff #14
2.Caddis Emerger #16
3.Black Ant #14
4.Mickey Finn #6
5.Prince Nymph Gold Bead Head #14
Presque Isle

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FlyfishinME on Dec 6, 2016December 6th, 2016, 9:50 am EST
My top five flies for small stream and pond brook trout are;

Mini Bugger: #10-16

Humpy: #10

Para Adam: #14, #18

Partridge and Orange: #14

My fifth is a homemade hopper pattern that is killer on trout, usually #10-12
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Gallitzin PA

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PABrownie on Dec 8, 2016December 8th, 2016, 4:55 am EST
1. soft hackle pheasant tail #16
2. walts worm #16
3. chartreuse caddis larva #16
4. green weenie #16
5. para adams #16
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Caledonia MN/LaCrosse WI

Posts: 35
Minnesota on Feb 11, 2019February 11th, 2019, 11:20 am EST
So I haven't been on here for 3 years. Got super busy with work, Boy Scouts, etc. Anyway, thanks for all your responses for the last years. One fly I was wondering about was the Doc Spratley. I saw it on a Facebook forum. I don't know what rock I've been living under but I never heard of it for the last 30 years. Anyone have a favorite pattern or color that works well? Lots of love for the pink squirrel. How about a pink bodied Doc? Excited to try it out.
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Iasgair on Feb 11, 2019February 11th, 2019, 11:29 am EST
Wow, a three year break after asking a question, ha ha, you must have expected an encyclopedia of flies by now, LOL.

I'm going to start with #5.

#5. Pheasant Tail

#4. Winged Black Ant

#3. Renegade

#2. Parachute Adams

#1. Delaware Adams.

I never heard of the Doc Sprately, but I'm sure going to look it up.

That was easy. That looks like a wet fly worth trying out, and it just so happens I plan on fishing wet flies more often this year.

Thanks for mentioning that fly.
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Jawyellowba on Feb 11, 2019February 11th, 2019, 8:01 pm EST
These are my go-to flies for the small streams I fish:
Klinkhamer - size 16 (massive hook) (grey, tan, yellow, olive)

Olive paradun - size 18

Parachute Adams - size 16 - high vis post.

Chironomid shuttlecock emerger (CDC) - size 18

X-caddis - size 16

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