Friday, May 13, 2016

Two Fly Challenge

Alan over at Small Stream Reflections is organizing a  Two Fly Challenge which I will be participating in.  If you want to suggest a pair of flies that you think I should fish please indicate in the comments section and I will fish on your behalf.  I'm thinking a dry and a wet/nymph


11 comments:

  1. I mentioned to Alan that I would have a difficult time picking two flies but I know I cannot participate in the challenge I am honored that you ask what I would use. I have never fished your area of the world but I have fished for wild brook trout and Browns in small streams most of my life. The two I cannot imagine not having in my box would be a sz. 16 elk hair caddis, you can fish it on top or use it as diving caddis by sinking it. The other would be a partridge, or grouse and orange. The caddis are very active this time of year and swinging a soft hackle is a great way to cover a lot of water with something they are used to seeing. Thankyou for listening to my opinion, I almost feel like I am part of the challenge. Good luck, I hope you and Alan and the others who are participating have good day. It is for a great cause.

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    1. Brad - since you were the first to reply, I will take your suggestion. I was considering fishing a royal wulff and another soft hackle (pheasant tail) but your suggestions are good ones and worth sticking with.

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  2. Stimulator and a spider off the back or a Stimulator and your favorite nymph off the back.

    Or just a stimi and fly 2 = a picket pin or orange and partridge.

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    1. Will - thanks for the good suggestion!

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  3. I won't make any fly suggestions Mark because I'm still in awe of only having two to fish. I know this wouldn't go well for me. I hope we can look forward to a post on this.

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    1. Howard - the 2 fly challenge insures that you fish two flies well. Alan and I will certainly update everyone on how it turns out

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  4. Mark
    I don't know if you have tried the Griffith Gnat on a small stream there, but this is one of the best dries I've used on three different tailraces here. I know a tailrace is different from a small stream, but this little fly just might be a good choice. Size 18 is my favorite size. The PMD is another pattern I've had success with in the 16 size. I wish I was there to participate in this fish off; a lot of fun for sure for you guys and for a cause. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill - the Griffths is a good suggestion to bad I can barely see them when they are on the water!

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  5. I use the griffiths gnat a lot myself but I add a small post on my fly much like a bomber, under a canopy I can still see it from any distance I can cast. I use white most of the time. I agree with Bill, sz 18 is a good one for small stream situations.your suggestion for the Royal and pheasant tail were classic choices mark pretty tuff to decide, thanks..

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    1. Brad - I've tied the Griffth's with posts but I don't like the way they sit with the post. As it turned out your suggestion was pretty good one!

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