I tend to be fairly straightforward when it comes to the flies I use and carry for fishing at any given time, and this past weekend was no exception. My vest always has more empty pockets than those that are occupied by fly boxes and other tackle, as opposed to the guys I fish with, who when they put on their vest add tonnage to their total weight.
I fished a total of 5 fly patterns the entire weekend, and probably no more than 10 flies total. Of those 5 patterns I did fish, only three patterns were the fish takers. Below are the three patterns that worked, and the other two patterns that didn't work but were fished, were a blue-winged olive thorax, and the other a light cahill.
First up is the Iris Caddis, which is one of the best caddis emerger imitations we have ever fished. We've been tying them on size #16 Dohiku dry fly hooks, and the combination of materials and Czech steel make for a very effective imitation.
Next up, the Isonychia, or Slate Drake, emerger. These big, juicy flies draw trout from the depths when the naturals are present, and this weekend we got to enjoy the rewards.
Finally, we have the Sulphur Usual. This pattern in size #18 and 20, was our most successful with the finicky trout of the Delaware. Despite other flies hatching in much greater numbers - Blue-winged olives and large Sulphurs - this fly brought the most trout to hand. Talk about a simple but effective pattern!
The other necessary ingredient was a fairly long leader, 12-13 feet in total length, of which 30" was 5X tippet.
Like I said in the prior post, the fish were not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but a good cast, a drag-free drift that was well-timed, and your reward would be the quick, soft sip of a trout taking your offering.
How sweet it is!