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Best Trout Flies for Harrisburg, York and Lancaster area streams

When my uncle passed my aunt gave me all of his fishing equipmeent. Included were early 1960's Herters fly tying equipment. Needless to say I am going to start tying dry flies and nymphs. What are the favorite flies for the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York region to include sizes? Thanks.
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I'm not much of a dry fly fisher but I can tell you the standard bead head gold ribbed hairs ear and bead head pheasant tails work great. Size 12-16. I probably use these 90% of the time. I do like a the deer hair comparaduns if I'm going to throw a dry fly.

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It would take me hours to tell you all of the different flies with their recipes to use in this area. The best thing for you to do is research hatch charts for streams like the Yellow Breeches and then look up patterns of the bugs and you should be able to find plenty of patterns along with their recipes. But for starters, I would tie up some pheasant tails, hares ears, zebra midges, and maybe a simple caddis larvae. All of the recipes for these flies can be found with a simple internet search.

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Start with the simplest of flies, Zebra Midge. Make them in various sizes 16 - 22, I would start out with red and black. I am self taught, I have and still use Youtube. Tightline videos is an excellent youtube channel to learn from.
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Don't think in terms of flies for that region, because it's really not that specific to area. You just want to start out with an assortment of well known, proven standards for different conditions, such as high vs low flows, and clear water vs murky water, and cold temps vs moderate temps.

Here's a good starter selection, from the website paflyfish.com:

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A Dozen Top Flies by Tom "afishinado" Ciannilli
(notice I didn't say the dozen top flies...but if I had to select 12 flies, these would be in my box)

Sinking Subsurface 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 (BWO)– 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.

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All fly fishers have their favorites, but I think most would agree that's a pretty solid starting list.

Here would be my suggested changes to the list:

To simplify even more, I think a beginner could drop the Griffiths Gnat. Most beginners won't be fishing the small midges.

Also, instead of Adams, I suggest the Parachute Adams. Both are good, but I think the Parachute Adams is better. Because parachute style dry flies work well in both flat, slow water, and in fast, broken water.

Also, in some of the dry fly patterns such as Adams, Sulphur, and Elk Hair Caddis, he's suggesting sizes 10 -18. While it's good to have a wide range of sizes, concentrate more on the mid range, i.e. the 12, 14, and 16 sizes. And especially sizes 14 and 16. Because that is what you will actually be using the most.
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All fly fishers have their favorites, but I think most would agree that's a pretty solid starting list.

Here would be my suggested changes to the list:

To simplify even more, I think a beginner could drop the Griffiths Gnat. Most beginners won't be fishing the small midges.

Also, instead of Adams, I suggest the Parachute Adams. Both are good, but I think the Parachute Adams is better. Because parachute style dry flies work well in both flat, slow water, and in fast, broken water.

Also, in some of the dry fly patterns such as Adams, Sulphur, and Elk Hair Caddis, he's suggesting sizes 10 -18. While it's good to have a wide range of sizes, concentrate more on the mid range, i.e. the 12, 14, and 16 sizes. And especially sizes 14 and 16. Because that is what you will actually be using the most.

Troutbert nailed it with both replies. I would add in some caddis larva and call it a day.

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All have been good patterns over the years . Don't discount the tremendous success of streamers as well . A muddler minnow , Black Nosed Dace and squirrel Tails are very effective on the Breeches and for sure Muddy Creek in southern York County . Sounds like you have a great hobby in retirement . I came upon a similar deal in 1962 as my dad piled the fly tying equipment on a table and said to learn to tie some flies . Of course he had no clue but thought a seven year old might ??? Been busy ever since . Best of luck to you .....Finn

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Also, don't focus on trout streams in the Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster area for your fishing.

Those may be the areas most convenient to you. But other parts of PA offer better trout fishing than that region. Especially once you get into the summer months when water temperatures get warm.

Also, there is some good trout fishing in MD. I've met many people who live in the Pittsburgh region who drive to western MD for the trout fishing.
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