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    Default Need immediate help on fly choices and sizes!

    We are in G-burg now. Had a few strikes on foam body (yellow) elk hair caddis.

    Anything we need to be trying? We are fishing Baskins and roaring fork tomorrow, Elkmont maybe Thurs. Should we go to Abrams? never fished it. Hook size?


    Thanks all!!!

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    I did well yesterday on small, #18, sulphur CDC comparaduns. I was mostly casting to rising fish. The sulphurs I saw coming off were 16/18 or smaller. Keep them ginked (or frog fannied) and be careful of your presentation and you should do well.

    Oh, and I went to a longer leader than I would normally use - 10' plus. It made presentation easier in some of the long slow pools.

    Good luck.
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    Thumbs up Roaring Fork

    Try some 18 tan or yellow Caddis, Anything that will float and bounce around should work on RF. Fish all those little bathtub pools!

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    Yellow neversinks (foam bodies) have done ok for me but if you have the choice you should go with a more realistic fly. They seem to be very choosy right now. As far as sizes, in yellow, I've seen some very small yellow sallies and some larger yellow flies in the size 14 range. I don't know what they are but they are big. Yellow seems to be the color right now.

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    wow, sounds like i fished way too big today. Smoky Mountain Anglers told me 12 to 14s on the phone.

    They also were big proponents of the "never sink" flies (foam bodies).

    Admittedly, I'm a novice, though I am learning to catch the critters!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskerFlyFisher View Post
    wow, sounds like i fished way too big today. Smoky Mountain Anglers told me 12 to 14s on the phone.

    They also were big proponents of the "never sink" flies (foam bodies).

    Admittedly, I'm a novice, though I am learning to catch the critters!!!
    I think they were steering you straight There are plenty of big bugs hatching

    It's much more about presentation then fly choice

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    Might be a good idea to throw a Tellico or some other nymph. Last weekend the fish were all sitting fairly deep in the water column. Try the dry and if it isn't getting any action fish some nymphs and use plenty of split shot...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskerFlyFisher View Post
    wow, sounds like i fished way too big today. Smoky Mountain Anglers told me 12 to 14s on the phone.

    They also were big proponents of the "never sink" flies (foam bodies).

    Admittedly, I'm a novice, though I am learning to catch the critters!!!
    They were right on for size in my opinion. Foam bodies are good, I seemed to do ok today with them but sure wished I had a regular fly in yellow. I do have a yellow crackleback but that's about my only other choice in that color. I guess the larger flies I saw were sulphers. Maybe stop by the shop and pick up a few. Still seeing pmd's too. I think David is right on too. Deep nymphs through deep runs.

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    Im in the mountains 4+ days a week right now. 7 1/2 foot leader, no longer than 9 if you feel its too short, and the foam bodies catch fish no doubt. Dont make it compicated. parachute adams, elk hair caddis, prince nymph or a copper john. You also did not metnion where you fished. If you fish lower little river (sinks and below) dont ecpect the number or fish you would catch higher up on the same river. Same goes for alot of the rivers as well. Roaring fork is full of fish and is easy to fish. Baskins creek is small, and unless you are used to that type of fishing you may pass it up for now. With this colder weather you might go to strait nymphing (i would use an indicator) as well.

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    It's hard to go wrong with a #14 or #16 Hare's Ear and a split shot or two.
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