The trout in our neck of the woods typically don’t pay much attention to ‘traditionally sized’ trout flies. A size 12 elk hair caddis would be the equivalent of eating the parsley garnish on the side of your steak dinner..
A short growing season, and constant supply of large high calorie food items (i.e. mice, sculpin, salmon flesh, and eggs), causes our trout to key in on large meals throughout the majority of the season. Therefore, some of the flies we fish are bigger than most trout anglers are use to. Just check out this awesome underwater photo of a trout on a massive flesh fly courtesy of Bruce Chard.
However, big flies doesn’t mean big hooks and we tie most of our larger flies using small ‘stinger’ style hooks in the size 4-8 range.
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