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I live in a small city (150,000) in an area where there is tons of fishing! We really only have 1 tackle shop, and their fly fishing section is pathetic. I've been trying to convince the owner to increase his inventory of materials. Right now he has a wide selection of deer hair for bass bugs, but nothing to use as a tail. There is a wide selection of marabou and basic chenille for wooly buggers, but no hackle. There is some dry fly dubbing, but nothing to make tails, wing and lags with. This is the story for everything... half of what you need is there.


I need your help! I'm compiling a list of around 25-30 of the most popular freshwater patterns, in hopes that he will begin to stock the materials necessary for these basic flies. I need patterns for Trout, Bass, Panfish, Walleye, Pike/Muskie, Steelhead and Salmon. I'm not looking for favourites here, I'm looking for most common. Here are some of what I think are on the list


Clouser Minnow

Lefty's Deceiver

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Hares Ear Nymph

Wooly Bugger

Copper john




Please add to this list! Don't worry about repeats, just name what you think to be most popular. I'll worry about organizing the list after you have all given your input. Thanks for your help!

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Blue Winged Olive


Rusty Spinner

Griffith's Gnat


Muddler Minnow

March Brown Spider

Egg Fly

Sparkle Dun


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Sponge bugs (spider, ants.) Chernobyl ants, or Los Alamos Ant patterns double as panfish bugs and indicatior flies for trout rigs.


Foam ants and beetles (more realistic patterns, black yellow orange.) Also taken by panfish, bass, and trout.


Wulff patterns Royal, Gray, and Blonde.


Soft hackles with bodies of orange yellow, olive, peacock, pheasant tail, hare's ear


Cahill or cream comparadun size 12 to 20


Red Quill or mahogany comparadun size 12 to 20


Quill Gordon or dark gray comparadun size 14 to 20


BWO or olive comparadun (big size 10 for Western Green Drakes)


PMD or light tan comparadun


Adams or light gray comparadun


Poppers foam, (or cork or balsa.)


Mohair leaches (replace wooly buggers for me)




Cripples (Quigly or others)


Barr's Emerger or other emerger patterns in the same colors as comparaduns with PT or other herl abdomens.


Stone fly nymphs black brown, tan


Stimulators Yellow, orange, olive, and lime bodies


Pheasant tail nymphs


Hairs ear nymphs in all shades of olive, cream, and brown.


Klinkhammer or similar parachute emerger pattern






Marabou streamers


Egg patterns (single egg, and sucker spawn)


San Juan Worms













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