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Flies: Simplifying Pattern Selection

Posted on March 20 2008

Morgan Lyle found that with less time on his hands, he made some obvious choices about which flies to tie — choices he probably should have made earlier. Among the decisions: tie more caddisflies, and tie smaller. “Sure, the mayfly is the ‘fly’ in fly-fishing. But as Rick Hafele, in his recent excellent book, Nymph-Fishing Rivers and Streams, writes ‘there are more species of caddisflies than all the mayflies and stoneflies put together .?.?. you will encounter caddisflies, often in abundance, in just about any water you fish.’ It’s time to tie some rock worms, Elk-Hair Caddis and soft-hackles.” On

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