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Top Tip – Late Spring Fishing Flies

Published: 25th May 2016 | Author: Fulling Mill

Spring is in full swing now here in the Northeast. All throughout the trees are budding, flowers starting to bloom and insects buzzing about. For the majority of fly anglers, spring is the most exciting time of the year. All winter long angler’s alike think about casting dries to sipping trout, or dredging nymph fishing flies through our favorite haunts.. that time is finally upon us.

Let’s get you started off on the right foot this year with a selection of flies that will surely get you into some fish.


Weighted and unweighted nymphs are must have flies that should be in every angler’s nymph box. Here are some mainstays you shouldn’t be without.
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BWO WD-40 nymph. A solid imitation of the ever abundant BWO, placed below a dry or on the top dropper of a nymph rig, this dog will hunt.

Hare’s Ear Nymph (weighted). This time tested pattern is a great imitator of general mayfly nymph species found in your local trout stream. Olives to March Browns, this pattern does it all with its buggy looks.

Tan Hatching Caddis. When caddis are on the water and you can’t get that fish to take your Elk Hair dry, try fishing something just under the film. Not only does this provide you with a great caddis pattern but some light colored mayflies as well! Double duty.

Dry Flies
Dries are a favorite among many trout anglers and for good reason too! I mean, who doesn’t like watching that fly drift over a rise and suddenly a nose breaks the surface and inhales your offering.. It doesn’t get much better. Here’s a couple dries that will suit you needs this spring.

Adams Parachute. What’s there to say about the Adams that hasn’t been already repeated? The effectiveness of this pattern can’t be stressed enough. Never leave the house without these.

CDC & Elk. An amazing pattern that never quits. Good to skate across the top on the swing and equally as effective fished traditionally upstream. If this fly isn’t in your box you definitely need to start including it.

Special Duo Klink. The Klinkhammer emerger/dry is one of those flies that will stand the test of time. The suspended body below the surface held up with a nice bushy hackle and quick sight indicator make for a great fly morning noon and into the evening. And if you want to fish a tandem set up, this fly already has you covered with a built in tippet ring for quick tippet attachment. What’s not to love?

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