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    Hey guys...I was wondering: what size do you use more usually, when you go on dry flies? I mean not the big foam monsters, but the classic mayfly, caddis, imitations.
    RF

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    The two predominant dry flies I use are sulphurs and BWO's. I tie up more size 18's than any other size.

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    Generally for mayflies and caddis it is #16. However I have been shut-out a few times with those when there are midges on the water, so have tied a number of 18s and 20s which are needed more than I would like.

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    During spring & summer, #16 more than anything else. During fall & winter, #18 is more common. Really don't venture much higher than #14, nor much lower than #20, unless I run into a very specific hatch.

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    I fish 10s to 18s typically, with 14 and 16 being the most common, and 12s right behind.

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    12 and 14 In most cases. Getting where I can't see the smaller ones...

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    rocket,
    I usually fish dries when the trout are rising to them. that given it depens on the time of year. early season I will use size 18 blue winged olives, size 18 grey caddis, and size 14 quill gordons. when the hendricksons are hatching i will use 12-14 hendricksons and red quills. later on I will use sz 14 pale evning duns, 12-14 ligth cahills, size 16-20 sulphurs with size 14-18 caddis thrown in for good measure. in the summer smaller summer goddesses sz 18-22 yellow quills and 22 nedhemi and tricos in the fall mostly 18-22 blues winded olives. the fly type and size will change as the hatches do. now you can catch fish on one or two patterns as has been proven by some but if you give them a close match to what is on the water you will get far more takers. if they ain't risen I am fishing west and nymphs.

    Steve

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    Thank you guys. Very interesting answers!
    RF

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    For caddis, anywhere from #12-18, mostly 16s, and a few big Octobers (#8-10); mayflies #10-24; stoneflies (including some of those big foam monsters) #4-16.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    During winter I tie as small as 20 and 22's for BWO and midges at a nearby spring creek. During summer in N ID and W MT I will use caddis 12-14, mayflies 14-18, stoneflies 8-10 (14 or 6 for sallies).

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