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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Our Top Three Winter Droppers

 What are your top three small nymphs to drop behind your big lead fly while winter dredging?

For many of us, a pheasant tail, hare’s ear, or prince nymph is a very popular trailer. Common sizes are 14-18, and maybe a few size 20’s on the pheasant tails. We like those first two patterns in natural and black colors. The trio are great imitators of the small clinging mayfly, stonefly, and caddisfly nymphs and larva that cover boulder bottoms. One good example is this mayfly nymph, probably a March Brown. Check out those gills working overtime in this live bug video!
We tossed three patterns into the crockpot to start this conversation. Lend a hand to the new flyfishers among us. What are your winter go-to’s?

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