Ten Must Have Dry Flies

As I drive through Boulder, I slow down as I approach the bridge over Boulder Creek.  We’re finally tapering off from peak runoff.  I last fished Boulder Creek two weeks ago, and the flow was about 650 CFS, which by my standards is pretty raging.  The fishing is tough at the higher flows, but I still did manage to net a few.

And I’m not bummed about the runoff.  Not in the least.

Why?  Because it’s almost dry fly season!

There’s an age old debate in the fly fishing community about what style is most productive.  Should I nymph?  Should I dry fly?  Maybe a dry-dropper setup?  A slut rig?

I won’t get into the details as that’s a whole other can of San Juan worms which deserves it’s own post.

What I will tell you is that dry fly season is upon us, and if you hit it at the right time, and armed with the right flies, it can be KILLER!

Here are my top 10 dry fly recommendations:

Elk Hair Caddis

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Parachute Adams

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Stimulator

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Blue Winged Olive

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Royal Wulff

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Hopper (this is a Club Sandwich)

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Flying Ant

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Green Drake

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Tarantula

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Beetle

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If you don’t have all of these flies, or some close imitation, you’d best get on it.  When the water near you begins to recede post spring runoff, you need to be ready.

If you don’t tie your own flies, I highly recommend Umpqua flies.  Find their selection HERE.

Get out there and catch some trout on dry flies, and have an awesome Fourth of July!!

Tight lines,

-Justin Hancock
CEO and Chief Angler

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