Actually, I'm in the process of reading "Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman" by Charles E. Brooks (1921-1986) copyright 1970. A noted fly fisher who lived and fished after retirement in and around Yellowstone National Park. Amazingly, he observed virtually everything noted in this article from ABOVE the surface on streams in the park like the Fire Hole in the 60's.
|Old fashion Wooly Worm|
|Montana Stonefly Nymph|
|Skunk Hair Caddis Nymph|
WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups. Tippet size didn't matter. Fishing the current was the most successful at about 4-5 feet of depth. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle. He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, old Wooly Worms, Assam Dragons (never heard of before) and Skunk Hair Caddis deep below surface. Maybe this is why the Wooly Bugger (the same on all sides) is so effective. On top he fished Montana Stone Adult (similar to a Stimulator w/ yellow and orange). All of these were in large sizes #2-#8. Larger and smaller sizes were not as effective for the sizable trout.
|Montana Adult Stonefly|
I am tying up some of these as a trial. We will be trying them out this fall when the water temps fall. Idaho Fly Fishers blog posts will be following soon with Charles Brook's favorite flies and tying instructions.
Hard takes and tight lines and many of Brook's huge trout.