fly pattern recommendation based on species

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by zen leecher aka bill w, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Do you ever get into recommending specific patterns based on what fly is present and what stage of the fly's lifecycle?
  2. Taxon Moderator

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    Hi zen leecher aka bill w-
    No, that's really not my area of expertise. However, I strongly recommend Hatch Guide for For Western Streams by Jim Schollmeyer, which does suggest imitative patterns, and if you should have a question about the pattern for some specific insect, Preston generously shares photos of his beautifully tied imitative creations with others on this forum.
  3. Preston Active Member

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    So far, at least, as mayflies are concerned, another excellent source for recommended patterns as well as excellent photos of the bugs themselves is Western Mayfly Hatches (Hafele/Hughes, Amato Publications, 2004).