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Six fishing flies every Oklahoma fly angler should carry

Don't leave home to fly fish without these lures
BY TOM ADAMS, For The Oklahoman Published: January 19, 2013
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/articleid/3747642/1/pictures/1931954">Photo - Top two: Woolly Bugger and San Juan Worm, Bottom four: Olive Soft Hackle, Parachute Adams, Gold Bead Pheasant and Zebra Midge for fly fishing at Backwoods in Oklahoma City Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.  Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
Top two: Woolly Bugger and San Juan Worm, Bottom four: Olive Soft Hackle, Parachute Adams, Gold Bead Pheasant and Zebra Midge for fly fishing at Backwoods in Oklahoma City Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

Parachute Adams: The adult version of the mayfly. It will be hatching at different times of the year. The size will depend on species of mayfly so take hook sizes in 12-20.

Soft Hackle Fly: A traditional soft hackle fly in olive, orange or peacock will cover the water just under the surface on a river or lake. This pattern has been around for more than a century and continues to produce fish in situations that your nymph and dry fly patterns won't. Go with hook sizes 14-20.

San Juan Worm: Most of the trout fishing opportunities in Oklahoma are in the tail waters below the large dam of a lake. A San Juan worm is an aquatic worm found in most trout waters. The pattern came from the San Juan River in New Mexico and has produced many fish in our tail waters as well. When the flows are higher than normal, it is a good time to think about a fly that is bigger and brighter for the fish to find and eat.

Midges: These little guys are not large in size but are large in number. They are valuable to the trout year-round and trout are very familiar seeing them and taking them. The average fly fisherman is hesitant fishing these patterns because they are size 16-24 and smaller. Colors include black, red and olive to cover several species.


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