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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2015, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Native Stream Fly Suggestions

Have the opportunity to spend a couple weeks near several native and possibly a stocked stream or two in Forest and Warren Counties during late May.

Hoping to wet a line here and there, but gear space is very limited. Taking along a 4 wt. rod and would like to limit fly selection to maybe a dozen total, consisting of four each in three varieties of smaller sizes.

First thoughts are that my short list should be hares ear/pheasant tail weighted nymphs, some black/olive wooly buggers and undecided on green weenies, muddlers or San Juan worms.

For those of you that hit small streams often, any favorites or suggestions?
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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

Native brookies are opportunists - they have to be. They for the most part don't live in very fertile streams and generally hit anything that remotely resembles food.

Have fun with dry flies, especially what they call attractor flies. Royal Wulff, bi-visibles, ant and beetles, it really doesn't matter. Make sure you include my favorite brookie dry fly, the Stimulator, with a yellow or orange body. I tie my own flies, and I eliminate the palmer hackle on my Stimulator pattern, found that it doesn't add anything as a brookie pattern. The original Stimulator pattern was developed out west for the "Salmon Fly" hatch (a large stone fly). Be cautious with your approach and present it well, and they will take it. Don't forget to close the barbs on your hooks - they are very fragile. Hope this helps.
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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

Very true, dry attractors are very fun on these streams. Also, san juans, muddlers, and green weenies will kill on these streams if presented well also. Natives are definitely very opportunistic. Not hard to get them to hit, much harder IMO to fool them a second time.

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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

If the water is deep enough, it's hard to be a stimulator or caddis with a small beadhead dropped of it. Fun stuff.

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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

Stimulators are great. My favorite is a size 14 with a yellow body. Especially when the water is up after a rain.

Parachute Adams is a well known and really great all around freestone stream pattern. But I like it tied with a brownish (Hares ear dubbing) body better than the traditional gray. So I guess you could call it a Parachute Hares Ear dry. Sizes 12 and 14.

Also, a Parachute Yellow Adams. Yellow body, hackle: mixed grizzly and light ginger.

The great thing about parachute dries is that they fish well whether the water is low and slow, or high, fast, choppy water.

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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

Appreciate the suggestions and will get a selection together with all recommendations in mind.
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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

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Parachute Adams is a well known and really great all around freestone stream pattern. But I like it tied with a brownish (Hares ear dubbing) body better than the traditional gray. So I guess you could call it a Parachute Hares Ear dry. Sizes 12 and 14.

The great thing about parachute dries is that they fish well whether the water is low and slow, or high, fast, choppy water.
That's my favorite. I use mink fur for dubbing, however.

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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

I find anything that is buggy, bulky and will float even after being in a few fishes mouths is the best fly to use. I've experimented with a ton of different combinations and my go-to for about the last 8-10 years has been pretty much an adams wulff with dun colored hackle and polypropylene (same stuff most indicators are made out of) for the wings and tail. Normally sizes 12-16. When I'm fishing a wild stream it is normally the first and only thing that I tie on.
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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

Looking over your post, I assume you do not tie your own flies. If that's the case, pm me your address and I'll send you a few.

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Re: Native Stream Fly Suggestions

My favs for NC wild streams:

Copper BH Pheasant Tail Flash Back Nymph size 14

Green Weenie wrapped in thin chartreuse chenille with 2 single strand 1/4" tails size 14

Green Sparkle Caddis Pupa size 14 or 16

Caddis Dry size 14 or 16

Never tried one of the stimulator patterns but I'll add it to my list this spring.

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