I saw this great post from Team USA member Lance Egan.
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Caught a fish on the stone on the right. Took a stomach sample and the fish had recently eaten the stone on the left. Golden stones aren’t hatching this time of year but I think this still qualifies for “match the hatch”. Yes/No ?? ?. Fly fish food stonefly chenille FTW. #flyfishfood
As I’ve written before, stoneflies patterns really work. I really like the old reliable, the Pat’s Legs. They’re classic “guide flies”: easy-to-make, and they work.
I use variegated chenille and make two color versions: black/coffee and black/yellow. Some days, the fish prefer a darker fly. On other days, they want something brighter, and so, I like having both on-deck.
If you Euronymph, these patterns when tied with tungsten beads are great anchor nymphs year-round. If you’re partial to indicators, they also work, if tied with regular beads.
I’ve found that brown trout in particular go for the Pat’s Legs. So, consider having some on hand as we all prep for spring.