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5 Stillwater Fly Pattern Must-Haves For the Beginner

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By Fly fishing Insider

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Mix of stillwater favourites from fly culture

Many people have asked me in my travels about what fly’s I often use to catch my fish on. I always ask them the same question what is your skill level, what lake and where when are you planning on going to. This is usually followed up by them with why.

Well, the Fly I “often catch my fish on “ is always changing with the time of year, season and lake and more so to really answer this question with the most useful answer the Fly Fishing Insider has come up with our list of the top 5 flys that every Stillwater fly fishing beginner needs to have in their box especially in a variety of colours as this is also a Stillwater secret.

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Classic leech pattern

1. Leeches, yes, the all might leech if we had just one fly to choose to fish this would be it. Why because it always fishes 365 days year. Some say smaller is better others choose bigger. A well-tied leech will usually put any fly fisher on to fish. Having a verity of colours is best, but carrying more burgundy or dark red and black is best. The leech can be fished with floating or sinking lines casting at the structure and stripping in or we often seeing new fishers trolling them as well with success out on the lakes.

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Stillwater Gomphus Flys

2. Gomphus, this fly is resembling a dragonfly nymph. Theses are a predatory fly that cruises along the Sholes and bottom in search of food. This fly is by far one of my favourites to fish the strikes and takes I get are huge and hard from the rainbows. This is a classic pattern of trimmed deer hair. Both the floating or intermediate sink lines are great for this fly cast at the shoals and stripped back. The fly fishes most of the season.

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An Assortment of Blobs In a Great Colour Mix

3. Blobs, I said that correctly blobs have become the new fly for many Stillwater fishers. Ok so they really aren’t new been around for a long time but this “retro” fly is making a come back. Theses main reason why this fly is becoming so popular is that its lifesaver on those days when the trout are just gorging on well daphnia. It’s the difference between an ok day and crappy day if fly fishing were to have crappy days. Blobs can and do save the day often, if fished under an indicator or floating line, they can also be fished with a sinking or intermate sinking line as long as they are close to the bottom your all good.

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Damselfly from fly guys

Damsels, the mighty damsel is a staple in everyone’s fly box, I should hope? This fly can be fished in a variety of ways either under an indicator close to the bottom but in a weed vegetation structured environment. Also using a floating line or intermediate sink to slowly cast and retrieve the fly.  The strikes are often very hard pulling when fishing theses flys as its an easy meal for the trout. So, hold on and enjoy.

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Stillwater scud pattern

Shrimp or Scuds, considering the fact that shrimp can produce multiple times a year and are always found in many Stillwater lakes it only makes sense for theses to be a staple in a trout’s diet. And it only makes sense for you to have many different colours and patterns of shrimp within your fly box. To fish shrimp you can use either floating or sinking line depends on the time of year the shrimp are found within a lake. To keep it simple the best times to fish shrimp are in the spring or fall, and they can be found in water as deep as 3ft to over 20. But they love structure and vegetation to hide amongst.

There you have it the top 5 Stillwater fly must-haves for the beginner. As there is an abundance of flys out there each with their own function the list above is what you would need based upon the ease of a beginner or intermediate just starting to really grasp Stillwater fly fishing and the basic components that go into this fishery.  We wish you luck on your next Stillwater outing and hope this blog has helped you get some more insight into still water fly fishing.

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