I recently asked a very
respected fly tyer, and seasoned angler, about anglers choosing a favorite fly
over the many hundreds, if not thousands of patterns, that exist. The
response I got was:
Favourite flies are flies used
for low light, bright days, morning, afternoon and evening, in early summer,
mid summer and fall. These choices are the result of many years on the river
developing a fishing strategy, which in later years is etched in memory. A
practice, which can never be taught, but learned only through experience.
A favourite fly is usually the
one you fish with most. The “Butterfly” is one of the best when fished
between 7 and 9 in the evening during the month of July, while the “Carter’s
Bug” is a favorite when fished between 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening.
I have a “Green Machine”, but never use it now, and will not tell anyone if I
do. “Rags” is a dry fly of choice in the summer.
My favourites, would be:
Butterfly (White Wing red Butt)
General Practitioner (Soon to be the Chappie for the Fall)
D’Arcy “Doris” O’Donnell (1886-1948) also had a very practical attitude
concerning salmon flies. “The best fly is the one that probably means the
one you fish the most with. It isn’t so much the fly you fish with as the
way you offer it”, he said.