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  • #5278
    bryan hulse
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    Zach’s blog picture got me thinking about go-to flies. Not to disparage Barr’s Copper John, and certainly anyone who loves them, but for me it is one of the last patterns I reach for. It has proven to be unsuccessful for me in any size, color, place or water anywhere. I’m guessing that the same can be said by many of you about any number of the ubiquitous patterns we think should be in our boxes: muddler minnows, black fly patterns (which seem to be some of the current flavors of the month), royal coachmen, hare’s ear nymphs.

    What are some of the standards that everyone else seems to do extremely well with that instill little if any confidence in your selection process?

    #46383
    alan king
    Member

    Olive or Crystal Caddis, Orange Stimmies and Chocolate emergers.

    #46384

    San Juan Worm.

    #46385
    bryan hulse
    Member

    That’s a great example. I’ve never had much success with that one, either. But, I’ve found that if I use it along mudlines after a rain I get a few more bumps.

    #46386
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    San Juan Worms and black wooly buggers.

    #46387
    steve154
    Member

    The Muddler Minnow is my drought fly. I see fish hammered on em but couldn’t get a hit on one to save my own life.

    #46388

    Any fly with midge in the name. :'(

    #46389
    theboxkid
    Member

    I would have to say that the prince is one that I haven’t had as much success with as most.

    #46390
    bryan hulse
    Member

    I don’t fish a Prince often enough to say one way or another. I’ve fished one time and caught one on a muddler. Midging is my favorite form of trouting, but I fish so little these days that not

    #46391
    John Stanley
    Member

    Soft Hackle flies.

    #46392
    guy karafa
    Member

    Anything small that takes me more than 5 minutes to tie on. (and it seems like that “small” is getting bigger daily.) I got to try some of those magnifiers.

    #46393
    theboxkid
    Member

    Get a TY-RITE JR. too.

    #46394
    hugo boots
    Member

    My go-to fly is an Ed Story Crackle Back. Its basically a wooly worm pattern with a peacock strip “back”.  

    Can be fished dry or wet.

    Hugo  
      email: sir.hugo.atl.ga@gmail.com

    #46395

    Copper Johns! I never catch fish on them.

    A close second would be whatever the newest western cutthroat hopper pattern is that gets shipped over here to the southeast that gets used as a $1.99 indicator all day.

    Third would be zoo cougars or any zoo cougar variation

    #46396
    Grant Wright
    Member

    Gummy Minnow — My friends swear by them for stripers and sand bass, but the only thing I’ve ever caught on Gummy Minnow is moss.

    #46397
    dave nyberg
    Member

    One time I caught fish on a Copper John.  That was the only time.  Just 2 weeks ago I caught several fish on soft hackles.  Never had any luck with them before.  I am now tying soft hackles for use when it warms up.  I hope I am not going to jinx myself.

    #46398
    Neal Osborn
    Member

    I love this topic – I.E. “false confidence” patterns.

    Grant Wright beat me to the punch.

    #46399
    Neal Osborn
    Member

    I love this topic – I.E. “false confidence” patterns.

    Grant Wright beat me to the punch.  I would have to say the all time mis-hyped fly IMHO is the gummy minnow.  I have never caught a single fish on them.  

    #46400
    Peter E.Peter E.
    Member

    Mine has to be the spoon fly, I can’t say how many reds I have thrown that thing in front of only to have them ignore it. I don’t like how it casts either.

    #46401
    anonymous
    Member

    I fish alot of spring creeks so…if we’re not matching the hatch,

    go to patterns:

    1. scud
    2. plain old beadless pheasant tail
    3. zebra midge
    4. buggers. black or olive fished fast and to the banks
    5.

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