In getting ready for my 52 year at fishing the Snake River, I am going to return to my roots. I mean I am going to fish with only the flies I was tying during my first two seasons on the Snake.
In 66, I had started a job in Jackson Hole without bringing any tackle at all. I had been away from fly fishing for about 8 years. Fortunately, I had a good mentor in my boss. After I sent home for a fly setup, he took me to the fly shop and showed me 12 patterns that would be the ones to start with. Since Wayne had spend at least 12 years fishing Yellowstone, and Jackson, I went with his picks. They worked well that first summer, and that fall I started teaching myself how to tie them.
My first 12 were these: Adams, Bivisables, Dark Caddis, Dun Caddis, Dark Cahill, Humpy, Ginger Quill, Gray Wulff, Quill Gordon, Royal Coachman, Spruce Fly, and Whitcraft. They were all dry flies, yes the Spruce fly was a dry fly in those days, and came in light and dark versions.
My plan for this trip to the North Fork, is to fish ONLY these flies. Some of them I haven't fished with or tied in 30 years so I have started to tie new ones.
Here then are some I have started with. As I get more finished, I will add them to the post.
As I finish this up, I would like to see some of the flies or patterns that YOU started out with.
The Dun Caddis had a chenille body, and was listed as a wet/dry fly. The way I would tie it now is the second photo.
The Dark Caddis was a larger pattern and was used as a stonefly.
The Humpy (AKA Goofus Bug) was my favorite pattern, and the hardest for me to learn, but I have used them a lot through the years.
The Gray Wulff was another favorite, better than the Adams in the big fast water.