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  • New to fly fishing and blindly picked up a variety of flys at an outdoor store the other day. I’ll be fishing for mostly trout in New England, mainly Vermont. Are any of these good, what would you recommend?

    Posted by Luna on June 23, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    New to fly fishing and blindly picked up a variety of flys at an outdoor store the other day. I’ll be fishing for mostly trout in New England, mainly Vermont. Are any of these good, what would you recommend?

    Luna replied 1 week, 4 days ago 2 Members · 20 Replies
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  • cmonster556

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    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    I could catch fish on most of those, but none are actually ones I would have chosen. Throw the hoppers at the banks and match the hatch with the mayflies.

    If you have access to a local fly shop, invest in some flies there and conversation with the staff. Your odds of getting the right fly and good intel go up.

  • howdoideke

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    when you’re still learning which flies work in your are a/ you like to use I’d recommend only buying ~3 of a pattern at a time

  • rosscon3000

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    The big ones on the bottom are Chubby Chernobyls. They absolutely crush it Montana. Im not sure what the stone fly situation is where you are but they can be used for that. The yellow one is a golden stone pattern. They can also just be an attractor/ant.

  • BarefootT

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    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Contact a fly shop close to where you are fishing, tell them you are new to FF and ask for their recommendations. Also as you get more into it look for books or hatch charts for your area.
    When you get to an area you want to fish use the powers of observation. What is flying around, what is in the water. Reach down and turn over rocks in the water and see what is living on them. Get a very fine net that you can slip over your regular net, stick it in the water for a minute and then look to see what is in it, then match your fly to them.

  • Kilgore-Trout15

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Grab some stimulators

  • DayShiftDave

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    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    You can crush some smallies on those Chernobyls in VT. For trout in VT (and trout fishing in VT is a whole lot tougher than people in other places assume), you’ll want to add some streamers like wooly buggers, muddlers, zonker-based flies, as well as pheasant tail and caddis nymphs. Might also grab a few stonefly variations, like your yellow guy but less-to-none of the white “wing.” San Juan worms are cheating to a lot of purists, but rivers like Otter Creek are absolutely FULL of them in the fall and they catch.

  • fishbummin27514

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    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Those Chubby’s and Golden Stones will crush out west. Maybe have a little luck with the Golden stones in Vermont. But I’d go back and look for some size 16 Caddis and some size 18 BWO’s

  • climb4lyfe55

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    You got bamboozled. Take those back an get some smaller flies!

  • ChiaroScuroChiaro

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    You don’t need so many copies of a particular fly. While they do degrade with use, and you will lose the occasional fly to a fish or a tree or a snag, that’s way too many. Hoppers are always great, but you have a bunch of stuff for huge fish and nothing smaller. I always stop at a fly shop at the start of a trip, ask what’s getting hits now and what their go-to flies are for the area. Rainbow are often stocked and have similar preferences so once you have some flies that you know will work you will fill in with things for the particular area. My box looks fairly similar in North Carolina and Idaho, but what I typically use will change a lot (ie I tend to carry flies I won’t use in the area I’m in).

  • AnteaterTamer

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    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    The hoppers can be used for a hopper-dropper set-up for nymph fishing, where the large dry fly acts like a bobber that might occasionally get a strike. This video is a decent overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1ynUE8DDIk

  • Condor1977

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Perdigons

  • i-the-muso-1968

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    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    What are those larger ones? Haven’t seen that design before.

  • Riiskey

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    best to try out a fly shop that is local to w.e river you are fishing, they will be able to tell you what the fish are feeding on or what hatch is going on. plus they should have to flies in stock for you to buy and take with you to the river.

  • fortytillfour

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you everyone for your responses, i really appreciate all the feedback. I have a casting class at my local fly shop on the 29th and will be inquiring about what other locals are using and I’ll look into the hatch charts in my area. I got all the fly’s pictures in packs of 12 for 12 dollars so it wasn’t to much of a loss and I’m sure I’ll find use for some of them down the road!

  • screwygene69

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    June 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Will say i have caught many big dumb rainbows in otter creek below the falls in midd on big, ridiculous chubbies

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