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what do you guys fish when the little black stones hit the water

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#16 feathers5


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:46 AM

black pheasant tails



Hi Flytire,

What size do you tie those small stones? Also, where do you live? I'm from PA. I usually do okay with the small black stones on the Casselman River in Maryland. Thanks

#17 NJfly


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 11:35 AM

I started tying up some collins electric stonefly.  You can find it on youtube.  I am in Northern NJ.  I learned how to fly fish on the Casselman when i was a student at WVU 20 years ago.  I still go back to fish the Savage, it is one of my favorite rivers.  I have been tying then in a size 16, i rarely get topwater action on them when they are hatching.  

#18 RiverCred


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 11:08 PM

Another vote for black pheasant tail. You really can't go wrong with this fly.

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 06:50 PM

That seems to be true. I am tying up a mess of black pheasant tail nymphs in hopes of starting the season right. The problem here is the hatch generally happens when the river is (mostly) still frozen over. I see the little buggers on the snow but can't find much water to fish in....  

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 07:06 PM

Might try a Dark Lord (prince var.)