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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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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 05-03-2018, 05:26 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 would fish them together but for some reason I started to get away from the smaller flies. We have had great success with the p-lady.

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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
I never heard of the Carey special it looks like a good soft hackle fly!

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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.
Good to know about the mini hoppers we used to do well with coachmans and humpyís.

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Size 18-20 wd40. I've had days where the fishing is tough, catching fish every now and then while switching through patterns, then I tie on a calibaetis pattern, specifically a rust and green wd40 and its non stop fish.
I have a few wd40ís Iíll have to try them.

Thanks everyone for refreshing my memory and giving me new patterns to try. Does anyone have much luck with damsels on the rim or are these more abundant in the white mountains? We fished a lake in southern Utah last year and had a killer day with both nymph and adult damsel patterns.
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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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