Waters & words : a celebration of flyfishing

What’s in the box?

On Sunday I had one of those quiet days at home. After week-end, upon week-end of a days fishing plus a day of some other activity, I needed to re-group, and sort out my fishing tackle. Fly reels were turning up in cool-boxes in the kitchen, leaders in my briefcase,  fly floatant smeared on my drivers license, that sort of thing. It was time to sort it all out. I also needed to empty the fly-patch, since I am sure I have been dropping flies off of there into bankside vegetation all over the province.

So I emptied what was in there onto the coffee table.

Trout flies (1 of 1)

It is not a complete collection, but a fairly representative sample of what I have been tying on the business end lately. 

This has all of course been on stillwater, with the rivers having been closed until this week.

At the top there is a klink syle buzzer and two woolly buggers. Down the left hand side, those olive jobs are: a Minkie, an FMD and a Papa Roach.

Centre left going down, are : an egg pattern, a gill-bodied nymph, and a San Juan worm.

Centre right: a black DDD, a cdc emerger, a caddis larva, a PTN flashback, and a red-eyed damsel.

Far right, a snail, a humpy and a DDD.

The largest one is a #6 (the Minkie), and the smallest the CDC emerger at #18.

And the flies that have done some damage?

The FMD, The egg pattern, and that red and black woolly bugger.

What patterns would you have added to a stillwater winter collection?

4 responses

  1. Even with as little as I’ve fished this year I’ve had to stop and regroup. Get your second wind and get out there!

    September 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

  2. hyltonfish

    Andrew, there are people that will shout at me for the second fly here but I have to add two patterns there. One would be a white zonker with a little red collar and the other a Mrs Simpson. That simpson just seems to produce the goods when nothing else will.

    September 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

  3. Kenov

    Odd, I know, but I do the majority of my stillwater fishing with dries. I’m looking forward to some great fall caddis hatches.

    September 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    • I do wish I could say the same, since there is nothing quite like taking them on dries. I just wish that were always a viable option here, but more often our stillwater Trout are sullen deep water feeders for a significant part of the day. As we are moving into summer our midges, caddis and tricos hatches are just starting in earnest.

      September 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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