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Rules of Trout Flies

Rules of Trout Flies


Rules of Trout Flies

Rules of Trout Flies

Before discussing the various forms of flies, hackles, palmers, reversed wing, matched wing, floating dry flies, etc., the hooks upon which they are dressed, how they are ties and other matters connected with the trout fly, there are a few rules, quite universally applicable and usually true, which should be stated. If you know these general trouting truths it will help much in the selection of flies. First, then, do not forget when filling the fly book, that on bright, clear days very small flies of subdued colors are most successful; and, secondly, that on dark days larger flies of brighter coloration are the best. Flies tied upon No. 8 hooks may with safety be called normal. As a stock size trout fly, a good "meat" fly on almost all waters, the No. 8 is practically universal. Have the greater part of your flies of this size with a few others of the best patterns in larger and smaller sizes for unusual conditions. Do not fill the book with gaudy flies, reds, blues, and the like they look pretty but they are not practical. Flies of subdued colors, grays, browns, etc., are very much the best; in fact, it may be truly said that, save in the wildest of wild waters, where the trout are totally uneducated, gaudy flies are of no use whatever.

As a change from the flies of more modest coloration the fly-book should contain a number of flies of brighter tints, but it is not necessary that these be of startling colors. There are several good flies which, while they are very attractive and noticeable on the water, are dressed in very good taste not "loud." A scarlet ibis, for instance, a fly with bright red wings and hackle, with body gilt-wound and equally anarchistic, is guaranteed to scare a trout of such a stream as the Beaverkill, in New York, or of the trout streams of the Berkshires, into fits. Diversity in the contents of the fly-book is also desirable to meet the requirements of various water conditions. When the stream is low and clear the smallest flies are necessary for success; and when the stream is slightly flooded and discolored rather large flies must be used.

Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.

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