I'm a huge fan of Football, and Curtis and I always talk about our flies as "starters" vs. "JV players." Now that that football season is coming to a close, we can go back and reflect how the season played out and how our teams need to adjust to be better next year. I'm a Raider's fan so I'm pretty much hosed any way I look at it. BUT... If flies were football players, which ones would be your starters?
Here's my list
RB: Bling Leech - (tutorial here) The name of the game for this fly is to have more bling and flash than the rest of the flies in your box... and the element of being a very effective fish slayer - enough to piss off ninjas everywhere. This is a quick tie with maximum flash that will bring fish out of the depths to try to stop it in it's tracks. Just don't ask it to talk to the media - it's "all about that action boss."
WR: Aero Baetis and Chimera - (tutorials aero, chimera) The sleek and fast Aero Baetis is my #1 reciever because there is
|Brookie and Chimera|
TE: Masked Marauder - (tutorial here) This dude is a piece of art, but still big and tough enough to punch a big ol' brown trout in the mouth. It has enough finesse to work on picky slack water fish, and enough brute strength to piss off a bank feeder waiting for something meaty. I can't guarantee that this Tight End won't go to a night club, take off his shirt, and act like a total D-bag...
|Petite Sirloin Stonefly|
FB: Bead Head Hare's Ear - (kicked up tutorial here) This fly has no frills, no fancy legs, glitter, or epoxy. This fly has paved the way for many other nymphs, and it can plain punch a fish right in it's fat face. When the Hare's Ear comes in to the game, you know it's good for at least a couple fish.
DT: Lunch Lady - (tutorial here) The Lunch Lady never was a kind creature. This bug is chunky in the front, chunky in the back, and has the disposition of a hungry grizzly bear right after hibernation. The last fish I caught with it got stomped on with both hooks so I had to suspend it for two trips.
|Cutthroat that KILLED a Sick-ada|
SS: Mailman Green Drake - (tutorial here) This one does a good job of surveying the river to make sure that each fish in the run has paid the price. It will either cover ground, or make the fish cover ground to come eat it. What's that fish? You want to get punched in the face? Much obliged.
FS: Low Fat Minnow - (tutorial here) Now the Low Fat Minnow isn't quite on the scale of meanness as the Alpha Predator or the Mailman, but it cleans up any of the fish that the first two couldn't stop. The Low Fat Minnow is a sleek chunk of protein that covers water very quickly and effectively. As one of the most effective flies in the universe (except for maybe parts of Mars,) this is the bug that you need playing rover for you.
CB: Ninja Pupa - (tutorial here) This one is a complicated creature that can be a bit hard to understand. As full
P: Griffith's Gnat - (article here) You know this bug. EVERY single fly rotation has to have one because if all of your other stuff doesn't work you know that your GG has a slim chance to get you back into the game. It's not the most durable fly in the world, but it's probably worth having in your box.
|Bonneville Cutthroat with an appetite for Fripples|
Long Snapper: Wooly Worm - This bug is basically just a glorified Griffith's Gnat that is a little bit tougher. It's usually just sitting the sidelines for show, but can come in handy at certain times during the trip.
Returner: Foamerger - (tutorial here) This fly is the fastest tie that we have on the bench, and you can do a dozen of them in record time. If things line up just right, it is also a bona fide assassin on the river. This unsuspecting fly in a small package can put fish on the board in a hurry.
Please comment if you have any flies that you would like us to consider for a starting spot.