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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm doing a cleaning of my fly boxes and I've started with my summer box. If you were going to be on the river chasing atlantics and summer run steelhead what patterns would you not want to be without? If it helps I'm thinking more lake Ontario tribes focused.

I'm attempting to be organized. Not just tying "one offs", as is my habit :P

As I go I will attempt to post my progress. Seeing all of the beautiful fly boxes, filled with flies on here is very inspiring! Thanks all!

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 08:20 PM
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If I had to choose only one fly to fish year-round it would be a Fish Taco - nice medium size
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Muddler minnow - natural, black, orange, purple
Skunk - green butt, red butt, orange butt
Purple Hotep
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These patterns is a variety of sizes would suit you year around for winter or summer run steelhead on floater or sunk line.
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For me it would have to be an Anderson's Euphoria in both the natural brownish and black/blue. Has worked extremely well for me in all seasons...........and maybe a Hartwicks Sword fighter just in case
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thanks guys!

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Another vote for the Muddller Minnow! I like to tie them on the A.J. #5 hook
Some with a short bunny tail for when the water is 400cfs and higher during the White water releases but most just sparse with no tail at all.
Natural
Green
Purple
White
This is the fly I caught my first Salmon River Atlantic on last June.
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Ah yes, the fly box cleaning/organizing process ..... not an easy task my friend !!
Like you, I have been through this excercise in an attempt to simplify my boxes and reduce the amount of choices on the river. Scattered patterns are difficult to sort through on the river, which makes for lost time in actual fishing. What's worse is the lack of confidence in your chosen offering sometimes.
I like your thought process, organizing your boxes into seasons or river conditions, I do the same now. This way I'm not carrying all my wallets which only loads me down and sorting through every fly.
I will add to your dilemma by adding the variable of river conditions for your thought process while attempting to fill your boxes In the long run, it will only help you. No sense bringing a 4" heavy dressed shank to the river when the river has low flows.

Late summer and early fall time river conditions in my area are low, so I stick with sparsely dressed hairwings, quill wings and mixed wings. I reduce the patterns and tie on low water style hooks. This helps the fly sink on it's own and eliminates the use of tips or at least use light tips.

My go to patterns for this time:

Green Butt Skunk
Freight Train
Steelhead Coachman
Thunder & Lightning
Carron
Spey Dog
Skier
Green Highlander
Blue Charm
Logie

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Hi fe2head,

Love those undertakers, I would fish those with confidence...

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awesome suggestions all! you've given me a lot to work with

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Cowboy Tom!

Not that you need the help but here is a visual to your proper call out of Anderson's Euphoria! Funny just happened to be in the colors you called out!

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