Choice of Flies-What color a trout flies should be used for the different months? Will brook trout take flies? How heavy a fly rod should a beginner use? Which is best, a lancewood or split bamboo rod?
Your first question is a difficult one to answer as each fisherman has his favorite flies and different localities require different flies. As a general rule use dark and somber flies on bright days and bright flies on dark days. Larger flies can be used in the spring than later and for lakes and clear, quiet water, they should be tied on very small hooks. No. 10 or 12. Use a long light leader.
Spring-Silver Doctor, Parmachenee Belle, Brown Hackle, Montreal Jungle Cock, Brown Hackle, Coachman and Professor.
Summer-Same as above and add Red Ibis and Royal Coachman.
Autumn-Use the spring flies.
I would advise you to commence with a six-ounce rod and do not buy an expensive one for the first. Split bamboo is the favorite wood of most fly fishermen. Greenheart comes next, and lancewood is also good.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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