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    Fly Identification

    Greetings -

    I have been trying to study up on my dry, wet and everything in between. does anyone have any helpful hints of methods that may make this a bit easier or even point me int he right direction. It has been a very long time and have forgotten much. I still have Art Flicks book and have been paging through it.


    Thank You in advance


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    Re: Fly Identification

    Are you trying to imitate a certain fly?? -- Or are you asking about Identifying LIVE flies during hatches?? I can better help you if you specify more clearly your question

    Thanks

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    Re: Fly Identification

    Thank you for your quick response. Mostly IDing the hatch on water and the fly that most resembles it. I have some flies from back in the day but cant remember what they are, ie Hendrickson, Black winged olive etc.

    Imatation is also a very good point.


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    Re: Fly Identification

    For the most part -- A Hares ear tied in different colors and sizes will imitate almost any nymph in the water A Adams Dry fly tied in different sizes and colors will help out with most mayflys -- Also need Blue Winged Olives --- A Henryville Special tied in different colors and sizes will imitate most Caddis Flies -- Also tie Fluttering Caddis in different sizes and colors

    Hope this helps you out Although It's a broad and basic answer all of these flies will catch fish on any given day of the year

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    Re: Fly Identification

    Theres alot of books written about this. Charlie Mecks P.A hatch guide is a great "on stream pocket guide"


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    Re: Fly Identification

    I would recomment using this platform to query the web. Almost any fly imaginable can be found with a pic and the flies meant to copy it. ALso, the Meck/Weamer book is an excellent streamside guide.


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    Re: Fly Identification

    size, color, shape.

    keep it that simple. just like someone already said. hares ears and adams in different colors will get the job done. That and some elk hare caddis in different colors. and some lafontains.


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    Re: Fly Identification

    Also, PT nymph, and a few emergers. Don't forget the glo yarn mayfly!


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    Re: Fly Identification

    reminds me of the time I was on the Yellow Breeches and was fishing with Ed Shenk. Someone came up behind us and asked Ed "what are you using? is it a (insert Latin name here)? Ed looked back at him and said " I dont know, some little grey bastard in a size 14"

    If your into insect identification thats fine, but if you just want to catch fish, imitate size and color

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    Re: Fly Identification

    Thank you one and all... So funny i grew up fishing on the Yellow Breeches. Near Mechanicsburg.


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    Re: Fly Identification

    I would try to get a copy of the old "Comparahatch" Mayfly guide which accompanied the book "Hatches" in the 70's (which has tons of detail). Orvis makes a nice streamside guide for caddis hatches. I would not get too hung up on the exact species, etc. unless you are an entomology hobbyist, but it is good to know the general types of hatches in the areas you fish.

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    Re: Fly Identification

    Thanks. I guess i am trying to put more into than i really need to....basically see what is on the water and try to match as close as possible.


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