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Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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I thought so. I've been lurking around there the past decade or so. Mk2 guy myself. This is the other vice.

As far as fly choices are concerned. If you have a local fly shop, stop in and have a chat. Maybe some body on here could recommend a shop out your way. That's my preferred method but I'm a sucker for BS'ing.

Posted on: 6/13 16:03


Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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Small world.


I actually chatted with the owner of one local shop for a while last Saturday for a while and got some solid advice.

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Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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A small weighted sculpin has been my go to streamer for this entire season. Has almost replaced the wooly bugger in my box.

Posted on: 6/23 17:39


Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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My new favorite fly orange humpy!

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Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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MKern wrote:
For ease you could definitely get away with only taking pheasant tails in sizes 12 through 16, and a mayfly imitation dry in a neutral/lighter colored body in sizes 14 and 16.
Possibly a midge larva and dry pattern as well.

I think most beginners try and take as many flies as possible and switch way too often. When in reality, it's more the fishermans fault and not picky fish.


This is excellent advice. I STILL have some of the flies I bought when I first started about 7 years ago. Pheasant tails from 14 to 18, in different colors (natural, olive, etc.) I fish almost everything with a bead head.

The only other thing I would add would be some soft hackles (hares ear, partridge & yellow, partridge & green, partridge & purple. They imitate many bugs that trout see every day.

Posted on: 7/12 23:17


Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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Like a previous comment mentioned, I would definitely add some caddis nymphs. I like a beadhead antron caddis larva - size 14 and 16, tan, olive, chartreuse. A scud pattern may also be a good idea. Definitely add some wooly buggers! Olive at least, maybe black, white, or brown size 6,8,10.

Posted on: 7/17 0:28


Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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Oh also, I hate the muddler minnow too. Just hate it. A streamer that floats. But I guess it could be fished with a ton of split shot, or fish it as a hopper. Adding a tungsten cone may make them more useful as a streamer, but I'm not sure - never tried it. Other than a wooly bugger my go-to streamer for trout has been the slump buster. It's probably easier to tie than the muddler minnow, and it actually sinks.

Posted on: 7/17 0:34


Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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http://www.orvis.com/p/20-most-popular-selection/76tk

Get that. its a killer for the price.

Posted on: 7/17 0:51


Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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Oh also, I hate the muddler minnow too. Just hate it. A streamer that floats. But I guess it could be fished with a ton of split shot, or fish it as a hopper. Adding a tungsten cone may make them more useful as a streamer, but I'm not sure - never tried it. Other than a wooly bugger my go-to streamer for trout has been the slump buster. It's probably easier to tie than the muddler minnow, and it actually sinks.


Run it on a short sink tip or an x-fast sink poly leader.

Posted on: 7/17 13:32


Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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Oh also, I hate the muddler minnow too. Just hate it. A streamer that floats. But I guess it could be fished with a ton of split shot, or fish it as a hopper. Adding a tungsten cone may make them more useful as a streamer, but I'm not sure - never tried it. Other than a wooly bugger my go-to streamer for trout has been the slump buster. It's probably easier to tie than the muddler minnow, and it actually sinks.


Run it on a short sink tip or an x-fast sink poly leader.


Yea I have a sinking poly leader, but have yet to use it. It's just too much work to change my whole leader just to fish a streamer. I generally just cut off the 4x or 5x I was using for nymphs and dry flies and tie on some 2x or 3X to my tippet ring and start fishing.

Posted on: 7/18 0:40


Re: Stocking a beginners fly box - Looking for some insight

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Depending on the knot you use to attach tippet, I'd think changing leaders would be at worst less than a minute slower, and quite possibly faster (and with less waste) than clipping & retying tippet.

Usually I start out with the sinking leader attached and only switch if I see fish rising, but even with your nymph rig, using some shot should get your muddler down just fine.

Posted on: 7/21 8:42



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