We like to keep our fly boxes simple, years of trial and error have resulted in ‘simplification’. Here's a few little beauties that never let us down.
BLACK AND PEACOCK – WET FLY
A fantastic all-rounder that can be used in most trout waters. Great when the fish are up grubbing around in the shallows looking for flushed out insects and a very handy snail pattern if fished without a bead.
BLACK SPINNER – DRY FLY
This fly is my number one, go-to, all year, all-rounder (hell I even named my boat after it). No other fly has caught me more fish than this pattern. A deadly variation is the spent spinner with its translucent wings that sit a little lower in the surface film, excellent right on dusk in the river. When the speckled bastards refuse everything else, tie one on!
FUR FLY – WET FLY
One of Tasmania’s most famous flies, immortalised in Rob Sloane’s The Truth About Trout. This simple fly is a go-to choice for tailing fish, blind flogging or just about any other occasion. The XX of this fly is how it pulses in the water, so life like, I've watched fish turn and charge after it with greed in their eyes without second thought.
GOLD RIBBED HARES EAR – WET FLY
A wonderful pattern that is possibly responsible for the undoing of more trout than any other. We have always loved this fly, whether weighted or unweighted it is a must have. The very natural look of the tie and its ability to just look so buggy make it such a successful fly.
GRASSHOPPER – TERRESTRIAL
At the end of summer when those warm northerleys blow across fields of golden dry grass, this is the time for the humble hopper. Several good patterns are around but the Nobby’s and the WMD are the go to choices.
HIGHLAND DUN – DRY FLY
A great lake choice throughout the warmer months and a solid pattern to use on rising fish all day. There have been loads of variations but this was Noel Jetsons highland choice.
BEAD HEAD OLIVE NYMPH – WET FLY
Marcus has always fished this nymph, mostly under a dry. The olive colour seems so seductive to the fish and it is has been so successful we just couldn’t leave it out.
PARACHUTE ADAMS – EMERGER
The Adams is an amazing fly, you can fish this pattern on any stream in the world and you will have a great chance of catching a fish. Some flies have stood the test of time and the Adams is one of those flies.
POSSUM SHAVING BRUSH – EMERGER
A great fly for both river and lake, can be fished all day, a real confidence fly. Lots of ties but I think both Bruce Gibsons and Daniel Hacketts are the best.
RED TAG – DRY FLY
The humble Red Tag, one of the few flies that represents nothing in the natural world, it’s sort of a beetle, sort of a dry pattern with a bright red bum and the trout love ‘em! This fly was the choice of the great David Scholes and is still loved by so many. Still a Tasmanian favourite and will remain so for years to come.
STICK CADDIS – WET FLY
Spend some time stream side, turn a few rocks and you will find some, the wonderful caddis. This fly is so simple yet so effective, it is one of those patterns that is a true game changer. Fish it with confidence.
WOOLLY BUGGER – WET FLY
The old Woolly Bugger, possibly the greatest wet fly ever created, used all over the world. When all else fails put a bugger on. You’ll be surprised what can happen on a ‘bugger‘ of a day, it’s power to entice a Trout is remarkable.
Marcus and Paul