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Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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Thank you both for the information. I will check out the websites you mentioned jbummy. Anywhere I could save a buck I am interested. I just mentioned cabelas because they have a decent sale going until the 12th. Gonna grab a combo and a couple Pfleuger spin reels(not ready to give that up yet). Lv2nymph I guess I will look to begin tieing as well if I get into this. Definately not looking to drop that much cash. I will look for a local option as well as websites and go from there. Thank you both very much.

Posted on: 2014/3/7 15:31


Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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Keith, in case you haven't spotted it yet there's a thread in the gear talk section you might be interested in.

Posted on: 2014/3/7 17:04
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Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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If it's the online fly purchasing links I definately checked it. Also I seen a post where you sad as a beginner don't complicate things by having too much in terms of flies. I think I will visit my local fly shop now that I found there is is one in my area I get ideas from them. That 500$ thought was enough to make me quit before I started. Just gonna try to keep things simple for now. Again thanks.

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Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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Keith - If you think you can drop $ on rods, wait until you see what tying can do to your wallet!

Posted on: 2014/3/7 22:49
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Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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Keith wrote:
. That 500$ thought was enough to make me quit before I started. Just gonna try to keep things simple for now. Again thanks.


Well, that number was to obtain four of every fly/color on that list. No one that I know has gone out and purchased that many flies at once. The fly shop will be able to hook you up with a good list for your area to have to get you going initially and into fish. Have no fear, it won't be long if you're like most of the ffer's out there that you'll have more flies/patterns than you know what to do with!

Posted on: 2014/3/8 8:32
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Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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Afish -

Thanks for this list. I'm considering it my "These are the flies I need to be able to tie" list.

I can do a couple of them that are at the "Fish-able" stage, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

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Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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At least I know I can affectively tie two of the ten(green weenie and San Juan))lol.

Posted on: 2014/3/9 9:11


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it may be a knockoff of a hares ear but a walts worm is ez to tie and very productive. thats the most overlooked fly by far.

Posted on: 2014/3/9 10:06


Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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it may be a knockoff of a hares ear but a walts worm is ez to tie and very productive. thats the most overlooked fly by far.


I've been thinking about this lately, I have been tying flies and flyfishing for over 30 years and have never tied or fished a Walt's Worm. They definitely look like they would work very well and I would advocate any new fly tyer to tie up some of these to catch your first fish on your own fly. Guess I'll have to crank out a few to fish on tandem rigs just to see it they beat out some of the higher tech patterns.

The first fly that I learned how to tie (way back in High School) was the Muskrat Nymph (no tail, no hackle, no legs ..... just muskrat fur with guard hairs dubbed on a nymph hook. They still work today just as well as they did back in the early 80's. Today when I tie them I usually throw on a woodduck fiber tail and maybe a soft hackle but I think that it all for me and not the fish. Keeping it simple is sometimes the answer.

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Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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^ I catch fish on muskrat nymphs. I did so this past weekend, as a matter of fact.

It was also the first fly I was taught to tie.

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Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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Just ordered some of these I got them from streamflies.com they were around 50 cents each and free shipping in orders over 30 dollars
Thanks afishinado for the info very helpful

Posted on: 2014/3/14 8:44


Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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This is a great list for a beginner fly fisherman, I am a beginner and I use these flies regularly.

One tip I would give to the beginner fisher / tier.

One of my favorite flys is a zebra midge for these reasons.

Anyone can tie one, a lot of flies are difficult to tie, and even if you can tie them sometimes your confidence is low for the beginner because there not tied perfect and a lot of times you feel as though your not confident in it and would rather fish with store-bought flys.

Anyone can tie a zebra midge, and then go out and actually catch fish with it basically anytime during the year.

I caught my first fish on a fly rod with a zebra midge that I tied and it was one of the most satisfying experiances ive ever had

Posted on: 3/2 14:04


Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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Awesome list. I'm definitely a self proclaimed novice and have had good luck with most of those, although I probably don't nymph as much as I should.

Only fly I would add is a small popper, I know this says for trout streams but it's an easy fly to extend the fishing into summer for other fish.

Also as a novice tier I will definitely give that zebra midge a try, thanks Sal.

Posted on: 3/7 22:02


Re: A dozen top flies for PA trout streams

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afishinado wrote:
(notice I didn't say the dozen top flies...but if I had to select 12 flies, these would be in my box)

After one acquires an 81/2 or 9’ 5 wt rod with matching 5wt floating line and a 71/2’ 3x tapered leader with a spool of 4x and 5x tippet, one can now look at flies.

Sinking flies:

Wooly Bugger – Size 8 in dark olive w/ a black tail is my go-to. Having some black or white ones and a few a little smaller or bigger would be ideal. Fish anytime / anywhere – drift and/or strip.

Hares Ear Nymph – size 10 – 16 w/ and w/o beads. Natural is my favorite, but a few in olive or black would round it out. Fish anytime / anywhere – dead drift

Pheasant Tail Nymph – Size 12 – 16 w/ and w/o beads. Fish anytime / anywhere – dead drift

Green Weenie – Size 12. Fish anytime / anywhere – dead drift

San Juan Worm – Size 12. Fish anytime / anywhere – dead drift

Soft Hackle – Size 12 – 16. Pheasant tail, Partridge and Orange, Partridge and yellow, peacock to name a few popular ones. Dead drift, swing, hang or strip. All will catch fish.


Floating flies:

Blue Wing Olive – Size 14 – 18 (early and late season mayfly hatches)

Adams – Size 10 – 18 (for dark mayflies)

Sulphur – Size 10 – 18 (mid-season light-colored mayfly hatches)

Beetle and/or Ant – Size 14 – 18 (Spring - late summer)

Griffiths Gnat - Size 18 - 22 ( For midges - very small insects - all year round)

Elk Hair Caddis – Size 10 – 18 in Tan, Black and Green for caddis hatches and/or stonefly hatches all season.

Note: Mayflies have an upright wing and look like sailboats on the water.

Caddis have wings shaped like a tent over their body.

Stoneflies have wings that fold flat over their bodies.


Is there a beginner fly kit that includes these for a newbie? Online would be helpful as many "near" me don't have online shops and I don't have the time right now to drive to one further away to investigate. Thanks

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