The Basic Trout Fly Box

By Jeff Durniak, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division

Dry: Adams- dark mayfly (sizes 14-18)
Dry: Light Cahill- light mayfly (sizes 14-18)
Dry: Elk Hair Caddis (tan) (sizes 14-18)
Dry: Stimulator (stonefly) (size 14)
Nymph: Pheasant tail (sizes 16-18)
Nymph: Hare’s ear (sizes 14-18)
Larva: Caddis (olive) (sizes 14-18)
Nymph: Stonefly (sizes 12-14)
Nymph: Prince (attractor) (sizes 14, 16)
Streamer: Woolly bugger (black, olive, size 8 )
Egg Fly: peach Glo bug (size 12)
Worm: San Juan worm (size 12)

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NOTE: To fool a trout, look at existing bugs in or on stream, and then match: 1) place in water column, 2) size, and 3) color.

NOTE: Most trout are near the bottom 95% of the time, where the groceries are and the predators are not! NOTE: Search (Google) for local hatch chart for your target stream (ex: www.rabuntu.org “Tightlines”) Fly pattern honorable mentions:

Dries: black ant, griffiths gnat, blue wing olive, yellow humpy, royal coachman Wets: soft hackles- pheasant tail, hare’s ear, partridge and yellow, Lafontaine sparkle pupa Nymphs: bead heads of nymphs above, lightning bug, midge larva (size 18, 20) Streamers: white zonker, muddler minnow

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New Kiosks at Burrell’s Ford

The Rabun Chapter recently donated funds to help pay for a new kiosk to be located at the Burrells Ford Bridge, near the trailhead to Ellicotts Rock. The kiosk will encourage visitors to practice “Leave No Trace” outdoor recreation. Read more here.