Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: B.C. ,Wa. ,Ore.,TDF
I get a kick out of all the posts on this site about"I am going to river X.What patterns should I use?"I think, in most cases ,it doesn't matter that much from river to river.I use the same patterns most of the time.I even use same patterns for Atlantic Salmon,Sea Run Browns that I use for Steelhead.There are Exceptions like the Deschutes,John Day,where I use smaller sizes and stick to traditional flies[I don't know why that's necessary].For Searun Browns I try to fish a muddler type head for more noise creation when fishing that low light that is such an important part of that fishery.
First of all,the well knowns for any B.C. river or western PNW river is broken down to taking brights and darks.The pattern can be personal preference.I take a selection of black and purple for the darks.Then ,orange,pink,chartreuse for the brights with maybe some white parts tossed in.I often have chartreuse bodies on my darks.Thats all you need to do.Patterns and sizes depend on your confidence.You could have all one pattern and do just as well and spend less time changing flies.But,maybe that wouldn't be as satisfying.
Once on the Deschutes I was road fishing.I drove to a spot where 2 guys were fishing but not moving.I got out and asked if I could go 100yds below them and start fishing.They were cool with that.There was a single rock there that I wanted to hit.It was a very long cast and even though it was in early afternoon ,I figured very few would have reached it before me.I took a couple casts to work down into it.Within 6 casts I had a fish on the beach and was gone!They came running down to watch.What was the first thing they said?"What fly are you using?" They had been within a 100yds of a perfect rock and didn't fish it.It is not the fly!!!It is where you fish and how you cast, and how you fish each spot you think has fish!!!!Functionally the fly is not that material.It may ,however, be an important part of your fishing pleasure for other reasons!
Last edited by beau purvis; 03-14-2008 at 03:41 PM.