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Rto  
#1 Posted : Sunday, May 12, 2019 2:03:38 PM(UTC)
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Hello,
I am coming to the Viroqua area from PA the first week of June. I am sure my central PA spring creek flies will do just fine BUT....I feel the need to ask.

Are there any MUST HAVE flies that I need to tie?
Nymphs....dries....terrestrials.....streamers?

Thank you,
Rich
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William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:27:22 PM(UTC)
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Generic BWO and Elk Hair Caddis (black or tan) are excellent dry fly patterns for the Driftless Area in the spring and early summer. Small bead heads like the Pink Squirrel, scuds and emerger patterns for below the surface are always a good idea to have in your fly box and work in all conditions. If the water has stain, weighted streamers like the Woolly Bugger in dark colors (black or olive) or any bigger fly that imitates leech, sculpin or crayfish will really bring out the bigger Trout. The Hippie Stomper is an excellent terrestrial pattern that works pretty much all season. Some dark colored cricket, beetle or ant patterns are also good to have if the weather is wet and cloudy. By mid-summer hoppers will appear and Trout will readily attack anything that lands on the water with a splat.

Stop by the Driftless Angler Fly Shop in Viroqua to get some advice on what's working at the moment. Their website also has a link called "Local Waters" which lays out the seasonal hatches and what patterns are most effective.


Good luck.
-Bill

edit: Cranefly patterns are working well right now.

Edited by user Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:42:05 PM(UTC)  | Reason: added text

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#3 Posted : Sunday, May 12, 2019 6:41:55 PM(UTC)
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I agree with everything Bill suggested. In my experience Driftless trout aren’t too picky and the general fly pattern you use anywhere will work around Viroqua.

One fly that I use around that time that may not be as popular in other parts of the country are crane flies. They fish well enough in most conditions and can be used in a variety ways. You can dead drift them on the surface, skate them, or even let the sink and fish them under some sort of hopper pattern

- Steve
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#4 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2019 2:16:57 PM(UTC)
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#5 Posted : Sunday, June 2, 2019 5:53:30 AM(UTC)
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#6 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 11:49:44 AM(UTC)
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#7 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:29:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Small bead heads like the Pink Squirrel...


Not TOO small - I seem to do best with #12's.


But yeah, Bill's list is great, and will meet all your needs.

Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
William Schlafer  
#8 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:40:22 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: weiliwen Go to Quoted Post


Not TOO small - I seem to do best with #12's.




Agreed!

#12 Pink Squirrel seems to be the perfect size for the DA. That single fly has probably accounted for 50% of all the Trout I've ever caught. Lately I've taken to casting downstream with it and stripping it fast up though busy water. That technique has been particularly deadly this spring.

You can never have too many. Shiny silver ones in bright sun, darker ones in stained water, classic red squirrel the rest of the time.
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-Bill
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#9 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:25:51 PM(UTC)
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Bill, if you ever lose that fly box and someone finds it they'll think the owner has a screw loose lol

And then they'll catch a bunch of fish
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#10 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:25:52 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: big_river_bum Go to Quoted Post
Bill, if you ever lose that fly box and someone finds it they'll think the owner has a screw loose lol

And then they'll catch a bunch of fish



I went a bit nuts when I first started tying flies ("I'll save all kinds of money!!!") and bought a ton of hooks, dubbing and other materials. I've tied up hundreds of Pink Squirrels and I think I've got that pattern down pat. Along with that box, I have another nearly full, and my everyday small bead head box has at three rows filled. Also given away a bunch to veteran's groups, kids and friends.

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Love those little plastic slim boxes. Inexpensive and takes up very little room in the pocket.

Had the great honor to get tying tips from John Bethke (inventor of the Pink Squirrel) himself at one of the winter TrapFrest gatherings a few years ago. He even gave me a tube of his homemade tying wax.


-Bill
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