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Old 05-02-2018, 08:01 AM
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Still Water Patterns

I learned to fly fish on lakes and for many years I fished the rim lakes. Over the years and the with the over crowding of these lakes Iíve seen myself fishing more creeks and rivers. I have started fishing lakes a little more but I seem to have forgotten many of the flies I used in my earlier years. We started with wooly buggers and I have fished them rarely since I have found the simi seal leach. I got away from fishing pheasant tails and hares ears but I remember using them. Iíve also found myself putting beads on most of my flys which I feel is a mistake! Iím looking to tie some flys and wanted to see what are your guys favorite still water patterns and what colors! Thanks for any input!
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:05 AM
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My cousin sent me a link for this fly, looks interesting, tied a few to try.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=7s&v=ejpbFVLgxH8
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I remember Callibaetis emergers working well on still waters.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:33 AM
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My top go-to still-water flies these days are...
1) Bead-head Peasant Tails
2) Beetles
3) Brown leech
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Old 05-02-2018, 02:46 PM
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Chironomid's are always a good default strategy for me in the Whites and on the Rim.
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Old 05-02-2018, 04:27 PM
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I remember Callibaetis emergers working well on still waters.
Thanks for the suggestion, do you have a pattern you like?

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My top go-to still-water flies these days are...
1) Bead-head Peasant Tails
2) Beetles
3) Brown leech
For some reason I would always fish leeches or streamer patterns and went away from the mayfly and smaller nymphs. Thanks for the suggestions.

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Chironomid's are always a good default strategy for me in the Whites and on the Rim.
When I first started to explore indicator fishing I tried it in woods canyon I didn’t know what I was doing and still don’t but have fooled a few fish with it. Have you had good success with it on the rim?

Believe it not I caught this guy in a chironomid in Becker.

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Old 05-02-2018, 05:22 PM
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For some reason I would always fish leeches or streamer patterns and went away from the mayfly and smaller nymphs.

Fish them both at the same time. Trying hanging a c-mid, PT, CJ or whatever off the bend SSL, bugger, or p-lady on an indicator rig.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:56 PM
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Fish them both at the same time. Trying hanging a c-mid, PT, CJ or whatever off the bend SSL, bugger, or p-lady on an indicator rig.
I favor the Brown Hackle Peacock as a nymph dropper, size #10-14, for warmwater lake fishing

I have been using copper beads/wire, sometimes a tail; also black or gold beads/wire. The light or medium wire makes the fly much more durable and the ribbing looks good over the peacock body. Very simple, effective tie

Every so often a decent bass jumps on the nymph, for some reason
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:15 PM
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any soft hackle peacock is good. carey special is productive. similar somewhat to ssl or bugger. always hang
a small pt or midge off the bend
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Old 05-03-2018, 08:02 AM
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I mainly fish the Rim due to how close it is to me.

As stated above, all of these flies work well, but my main go-to fly anymore for topwater is a #16 Mini-Hopper. I've tied up many different colors, finding no indication which is better over the other.

At present, I am only using a bright yellow or orange foam as an indicator, as it is easier seen then other colors.

I can always count on #14 Simi Seal Leeches in red black or olive, with either a red or cream colored glass bead.

When it gets tiring catching with the leech pattern, I'll go to any other pattern, just to see if I can work the magic with those patterns.
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