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    Default 25 Greatest Flies

    following are the 25 greatest flies as given by Field and Stream - for your comments, additions. aggressions, etc

    25 GREATEST FLIES
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    Those flies are all killer but I'd add the DDD, Klinkhammer and PTN but it's not my list.

    Actually there are a dozen other flies that I can't live without but our conditions are a bit different I guess.
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    Some of them difinitely belong on that list, however there are a few unknown American patterns which we do not use locally. If I had to compile a more South African list patterns like the Gold-ribbed Hare's Ear, Adams and the like would be top and I would also iclude, as previously stated, the DDD, Zak, Red-Eyed Damsel and such.


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    NO CDC FLIES.

    Then the list is imcomplete.
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    Looking at that list, maybe if we stayed in the same place those 25 would be the list, but such a list will be very country specific. Also such a list will comprise of what your average anglers generally see as the best flies.

    Thus no South African flies in that list and no CDC, CDC flies only really get its fair shot from above average anglers(now I am going to get shot)

    If we want a South African Greatest flies list we need to maybe list the flies we each see as that 25 for South Africa, then look at the posts and compile according to flies most listed, it would be an interesting exercise, but will need some serious co ordination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pieterkriel View Post
    Looking at that list, maybe if we stayed in the same place those 25 would be the list, but such a list will be very country specific. Also such a list will comprise of what your average anglers generally see as the best flies.
    Agreed, the list seems to me to be "across the board" - with a mix of troot / bass / saltwater flies, and as a consequence, such a list can only skim the surface.

    Quote Originally Posted by pieterkriel View Post
    Thus no South African flies in that list and no CDC, CDC flies only really get its fair shot from above average anglers(now I am going to get shot)
    No, not at all....because I tie with CDC, I am therefore an "Above Average Angler"....why Thank You
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    For stillwater trout, my list would be:

    Black/Green/Brown Woolly Bugger
    GRHE
    Adams
    DDD
    PTN
    RAB
    Daddy Longlegs
    Egg Pattern
    White Death
    Zaks Nymph
    Prince
    TVN
    Floating Snail
    Suspender Midge
    Emerger Midge
    San Juan Worm
    Elk Hair Caddis
    Taddy
    Dragon Nymph
    Damsel Nymph
    Griffiths Gnat (CDC)
    Kaufmanns Stimulator
    Muddler
    Coch-y-Bundhu
    Mickey Finn

    Any fly that the SWAMBO is using, because they never fail.

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    For Booger

    Olive Wooly Bugger
    Olive Wooly Bugger
    Olive Wooly Bugger
    Olive Wooly Bugger
    Olive Wooly Bugger
    Olive Wooly Bugger
    Olive Wooly Bugger
    Olive Wooly Bugger
    Olive Wooly Bugger
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    Olive Wooly Bugger
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    And they keep on working! Couldnt believe that the Wooly Bugger did not make number one on the list.

    Jasper, I still believe you caught that monster (50+cm) on Sunday with my Olive Wooly Bugger but just dont want to admit it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matuka View Post
    For stillwater trout, my list would be:

    Black/Green/Brown Woolly Bugger
    GRHE
    Adams
    DDD
    PTN
    RAB
    Daddy Longlegs
    Egg Pattern
    White Death
    Zaks Nymph
    Prince
    TVN
    Floating Snail
    Suspender Midge
    Emerger Midge
    San Juan Worm
    Elk Hair Caddis
    Taddy
    Dragon Nymph
    Damsel Nymph
    Griffiths Gnat (CDC)
    Kaufmanns Stimulator
    Muddler
    Coch-y-Bundhu
    Mickey Finn

    Any fly that the SWAMBO is using, because they never fail.

    Great selection! I'll go along with that
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