The majority of my tying are nymphs, but want to start getting into dries. I plan on ordering some grade 3 capes from Collins, but want some suggestions on colors. I was thinking grizzly, brown, medium dun, and light ginger would be a good start. What do you think of these as a basic color selection for a majority of patterns? I mainly fish western Pennsylvania. In addition, Collins sells barred colors. Would you recommend going with the standard color or possibly a barred dun and ginger instead? Thanks.
Last edited by RJD31; 10-10-2013 at 01:29 AM.
Since you're just getting into dries, the first 4 colors/shades you mentioned would probably be a good bet to cover a lot of the bugs you'll see. Having said that, I love barred gingers, duns, creams (I have a Collins barred cream that looks like a washed-out cree) and use them for a lot of my dries.
Last edited by ScottP; 10-10-2013 at 03:18 AM.
Echoing what Scott said in every regard. Charlie's barred shades are excellent. Charlie, who I've known for over 25 years, always told me that the barring gave the fly a look of movement. It does to us but the fish are the final arbitrator and they seem to like flies with barring.
I have three of his dark rusty duns, great color with it's barring. The colors you have chosen are great. I have others but they are a fav.