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    Default Flies for Char?

    A couple of friends and I have booked a week in northern Canada chasing arctic
    char with fly rods this summer.

    Please, what flies have you found to be successful with arctic char ?

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    I have only fished for them in Alaskan rivers that had an active salmon run at the time. Egg patterns were the fly of choice at that time.

    They have a reputation of not being very selective. If you have a decent assortment of standard patterns, such as hare's ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails in size 10-14, some wooly buggers and some Adam's dries, I am sure you will catch plenty.


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    Jul 2004
    Ashburn, Virginia


    From the bit I've read, they're not too picky. I'd take some simple bucktail streamers (silver body/bright wing), Clousers (to get down deeper), Deceivers, etc. I sure hope you post some pics; always wanted to fish for them ever since reading about the Tree River in Field and Stream back in the 60's.


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    Mar 2008
    Southern Ontario Canada


    The Tree River Lodge list some flies for Arctic Char


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    Mar 2006
    Auckland, New Zealand


    Go with Micky Finns, Black Ghost, and Cossebooms, for streamers, some royal coachman, parmachene belle, invicta, and bloody butchers for wet flies, some simple and basic dry flies (say, elk/deer hair caddis, coch-y-bondu, and white wulf, and toss in a few stimulators), and finally gold ribbed hare's ear and phesant tail nymphs. Wooly buggers are always good too. That should do you well. The Micky Finns and P.Belle's will take a decent number for you.

    - Jeff
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