Flies for Brook Trout
Now when it comes to selecting flies, I cannot give much advice, for there are so many different patterns and the requirements are so different in the various waters. Time of year and weather conditions must also be considered. I would advise the prospective fisherman to consult some friend who is acquainted with the waters in which he is expecting to fish, and no doubt he will find some person who can tell what flies to select for those streams. They run in all colors and combinations of colors imaginable and each is known by a formidable name. A good general rule, universally practiced, is to use light, bright colored flies on dark days. It is mostly a matter of experiment anyway and if the fish do not rise to one kind of fly, some other kind should be tried. For use in northern waters some one of the following list will nearly always be found good, in fact the majority of anglers have only a dozen or two patterns to select from, and the most generally used flies will be found in this list:
Jungle-cock, Montreal, Parmachenee Belle, Silver Doctor, Brown Hackle, Black Hackle, Grizzly King, Coachman, Grey Hackle, March Brown, Professor, Royal Coachman, Jenny Lind, Alder, Red Ibis, Grey Palmer, Brown Palmer, Black Gnat, Red Hackle, Beaverkill, Grey Drake, and a Brown Hackle with red body.
In the northern lakes the Parmachenee Belle is usually a killer for use in the evening, late, and as the fish are actively engaged in feeding at this time, some of the largest catches are made with it. Early in the spring a common Black Hackle is often very effective for day fishing.
The smaller flies should be chosen in preference to the large ones. By the size, I mean the size of hook that the fly. is tied on. Number 8 hooks are used more, perhaps, than any other, but the Nos. 10, 12 and 14 are also used by many; the smaller sizes for clear, quiet water.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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