One of the most frequently asked questions I hear when coaching novice fly fishers is “what fly do I use? There are so many”. My reply is what I say to you now, there are indeed hundreds of thousands of fly patterns available, however you can catch all year round with a few general patterns fished well.
So what are these magic flies? Here’s my list: –
- Tadpole style lures in black, white, orange, olive, yellow and red, sizes 8-10 (Standard and bead head variant in photo)
- Pheasant tail nymph size 10-18 (Standard and bead head variant in photo)
- Hares ear nymph size 10-18 (Standard and bead head variant in photo)
- Diawl bach nymph size 10-16
- Midge pupa in black, olive, red size 10-18
- Shuttlecock in black, tan, olive and grey, size 12-20
- F fly in black, tan, olive and gray, size 12-20
- G&H Sedge size 10-14
- Daddy long legs (crane fly) size 10-14
- Parachute adams size 12-20
The above fly selection will cover ninety percent of days for the novice fly fisher, meaning you spend more time fishing a fly than scratching your head while looking blankly at a huge selection of flies.
If you’re still struggling to catch, why not book some fly fishing lessons? We would love to help you!