Stillwater Fly Box Essentials: Part II

This cheatsheet is a great item to keep you on track throughout the year.

Starting in the Spring there is an annual succession of hatches that will occur.  My approach over the years has been to follow the succession of hatches and organize my fly boxes accordingly.  I feel that I set myself up to quickly prospect for fish then make educated decisions throughout my outing. Ive inserted a cheatsheet that outlines the succession of annual hatches for easy reference.

The most abundant food source is certainly Chironomids, and you want both the pupa and larval stages in your fly box.  Pupa patterns are the most import and will work in most situations. Standard colors are Green, Brown, Black and Red, Silver and any combination of those colors. I personally prefer larva and pupa in black with a red rib, and/or red with a black rib both tied with a white bead.

Food sources come and go throughout the year and like any fishery still waters have periods of success for all hatch types. I typically carry a box that covers the primary in season hatch but has options on the fringe seasons hatches as well. A few items I always carry are: Chironomids, Ants, Damsel Nymphs, , Leeches, Baitfish.

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Another Two Cents on Stillwater:

Essential Fly Lines:

  • Floating Line

  • Intermediate Sinking Line

  • Sinking Line (Type 3 or 4)

  • Heavy Sinking Line (Type 6 or 7)

  • Furled Leaders

Other Gear Suggestions:

  • Polarized sunglasses

  • Aquarium net

  • Nippers

  • Hemostats

  • Sunblock

  • Stomach pump

  • Good hat

  • Digital thermometer

  • Lake contour map

    (Tip: Many of these are more applicable from a boat…unless you like carrying the kitchen sink. When fishing from a boat, experience suggests that you put everything you can on a floaty!)


Fy Patterns: Ruby Eyed Leech, John's Damsel, Deer Hair Dragonfly Nymph

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