Actually, I'm in the process of reading "Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman" by Charles E. Brooks (1921-1986) copyright 1970. Charlie was a noted fly fisher who lived and fished after retirement in and around Yellowstone National Park. Amazingly, he observed some amazing stuff from ABOVE the surface on streams in the park like the Fire Hole in the 60's.
Researching the feeding habits and living habitats of large trout was his thing.
|Taper rabbit (natural color originally described) |
strip at end.
WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups.
|Add 0.020 mm lead wire for sink.|
Fish the rapids or calmer waters deep (4-5 feet) where there is structure.
|Tie in tip of rabbit at bend - PS #2-8, 2-3X long hook.|
Sandy, gravel bottoms were generally not good unless there was adjacent submerged structure or cut banks.
|Wrap thread to within 1/2" of eye.|
Tippet size didn't matter. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle.
|Apply super glue to lead and wrap|
rabbit quickly forward.
He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, the old Wooly Worms,
|Make sure strip wraps are tight with each other. .|
ASSAM DRAGONS (never heard of before now but featured here)
and Skunk Hair Caddis deep below surface.
|Add fairly long soft hackle.|
Maybe this is why the Wooly Bugger (the same on all sides) is so effective.
|Wrap hackle multiple times.|
On top he fished Montana Stone Adult (similar to a Stimulator w/ yellow and orange).
|Build up head and lay hackle backwards. |
Tie off and cement if desired.
All of these were in large sizes #2-#8. Larger and smaller sizes were not as effective for the sizable trout.
|Centipede legs for flare and grey rabbit.|
Vary them with centipede legs,
|Orange thread / white rabbit here.|
|Different hackle, red thread and white rabbit here.|
or even different color head thread.
Come and fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes, tight lines and enormous trout to you all.