Start from scratch - list of flies

ian1104

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Hi all,

I've been looking at the amount of flies that I own, the majority of which don't even see the water. It's inspired me to get rid of the majority and start tying again from scratch (what else am I going to do over winter?).

The majority of my fishing is for wild brownies and stocked rainbows in mountain llyns as well as reservoirs such as Brenig and Clywedog. I'm looking for inspiration from the forum as to what your most effective llyn/loch/reservoir patterns are for the following categories:

Wet flies
Dry flies
Nymphs
Buzzers
Lures

I would be grateful for any comments/suggestions.
Many thanks,
Ian
 

laverock

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Wet Fly - Kate McLaren snatcher
Dry Fly - Grunter
Nymph - Holo Green Nemo
Buzzer - Natural stripped quill with sunburst cheeks
Lure - Craftye
 

taffy1

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Ah! Ask the hundred anglers question & get the hundred different answers. The main thing is to ask is which patterns are best suited to where you are fishing at a given particular time. There isn't a "one-fits-all" answer. Local knowledge from local anglers, if they are happy to divulge that information. ;) Good luck in finding the answers. (y)
 

GEK79

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Hi all,

I've been looking at the amount of flies that I own, the majority of which don't even see the water. It's inspired me to get rid of the majority and start tying again from scratch (what else am I going to do over winter?).

The majority of my fishing is for wild brownies and stocked rainbows in mountain llyns as well as reservoirs such as Brenig and Clywedog. I'm looking for inspiration from the forum as to what your most effective llyn/loch/reservoir patterns are for the following categories:

Wet flies
Dry flies
Nymphs
Buzzers
Lures

I would be grateful for any comments/suggestions.
Many thanks,
Ian
Wet fly a red Zulu
Dry IOBO
Nymph perdigon.
Buzzer diawl Bach..
Must add none tied by myself.. Lol..
 

icaughtafishonce

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Location
Wales
Wet - Butcher
Dry - Wulff
Nymph - Killer Bug
Buzzer - Diawl Bach
Streamer - Damsel

Pretty much all I've used this year. I do have a selection of colours and sizes of the above.
 

geo4316

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Milton of campsie
Wet - Black Pennel or peacock spider
Dry - Griffiths gnat
Nymph - Diawl bach
Buzzer- Black with green or red holo cheeks
Lure - Yellow Dancer
 

codyarrow

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If you are starting out.
Wet - black pennell or bibio
Dry - Black DHE
Nymph - PT
Buzzer - Black & red holo or DB
Lure - Humoungous
 

Cap'n Fishy

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Hi all,

I've been looking at the amount of flies that I own, the majority of which don't even see the water. It's inspired me to get rid of the majority and start tying again from scratch (what else am I going to do over winter?).

The majority of my fishing is for wild brownies and stocked rainbows in mountain llyns as well as reservoirs such as Brenig and Clywedog. I'm looking for inspiration from the forum as to what your most effective llyn/loch/reservoir patterns are for the following categories:

Wet flies
Dry flies
Nymphs
Buzzers
Lures

I would be grateful for any comments/suggestions.
Many thanks,
Ian

If I suddenly lost all my flies is some bizarre accident 🤪, and had to tie some from scratch to get me back in the game....

... first ones I would stock up on...

Wet flies - Variations on a Kate McLaren muddler; dabblers; silver invictas.

Dry flies - Hoppers; Klinks; shuttlecocks; Shipmans; bits; foam beetles; crippled midges; hogs and half-hogs. (I would also need mayflies in dun and spinner patterns, but I'm guessing you won't.)

Nymphs - Diawl Bachs; crunchers; snatchers; small damsels

Buzzers - The dries and nymphs above would do the job until such time as I got round to tying more specific buzzer patterns.

Lures - Various mini cats, including black and orange; mini-boobies; black tad; big damsels.
 

shpeil

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Wet flies - black snatcher (red butt); wilfie's double tripple (look up davie mcphail on youtube); bibio
Dry flies - black half hog hopper; bibio hopper
Nymphs - grhe. That's it.
Buzzers - black. one herl for higher up in the water, one shiny for sinking
Lures - something with a black marabou tale; cat's whisker for the rainbows
 

iainmortimer

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Location
West Sussex
Wet flies
Greenwells Glory
mallard and claret
GRHE
Cochybonddu
Peter Ross
Bibio
black pennel
Soldier palmer

Dry flies
Crane Fly
Heather fly
Hawthorn fly
Deer hair sedge (selection of fiery ginger and black bodies)
Deer hair emerger (selection of GRHE, olive and black bodies)
Bobs bits (selection of claret, olive and fiery ginger)
Foam beetle
Rusty spinner
Parachute dries (selection of olive, black and adams bodies)

Nymphs
PTN
GRHE
olive quill
Cruncher (olive and PTN bodies)
Damsel

Buzzers
Shipmans Buzzer (selection of claret, olive and fiery ginger
Black buzzer, Antron breathers front and rear, pearl lurex rib, peacock herl thorax, PTN thorax cover. #16 to #12
Varnished black body, silver rib, red or orange wing buds
beaded bloodworm

Lures
Cormorant
Zonker
Humungus in various colours
Black dog nobbler
Cats whisker
Montana - traditional black with yellow thorax, #12
 

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