Here are the details on some of the most effective flies for the Rapid River. For more information on the river itself, see “Rapid River Brookies” in the Oct-Dec 2011 issue (on sale now).
For a detailed map of the river and its many named pools, see the printable .pdf file on the site lakewoodcamps.com.
Rapid River Stimulator
Hook: Curved nymph hook #6-12
Tail: small bunch of deer hair
Body: Orange or yellow foam strip, palmered with dyed grizzly dun hackle to wing tie-in point.
Wing: Sparse bunch of deer or elk hair extended to length of tail.
Body-head: Opposite color foam to head, then over hackle with dark brown cock saddle hackle.
Rapid River Alder
Hook: Dry Fly 2XL #10-14
Tail: Rusty brown dubbing with brown palmereed hackle, trimmed flat on top.
Wing: Folded brown turkey wing fibers, shaped into tent, lacquered.
Antenna: Optional, fine boar fibers, 1.5 times body length.
Hook: Standard dry fly #12-18, thread to match body color; Body, cdc spun and trimmed to desired body shape and size; Wings, two green cdc feathers tied one on top of the other with stem point at head, then pulled forward to desired wing length. No further dressing required.
Hook: Standard dry fly #12-18.
Thread: Cream, orange or charteuse.
Body: Twist 3 or 4 natural tan peacock herls and wrap shank of hook. Alternate clipped deer hair spun around shank.
(Weight with lead-free wire optional) For spikey appearance coat lightly with head cement.
It can be fished in the standard way or cut the wing, leaving a small portion of wing pad so the fly suspends, with just the pad and hackle floating, creating the illusion of a caddis trying to emerge and wings to unfold before lift-off from the surface.
All White Mayfly
Good late-evening summer fly at the lower portion of Pond in the River.
Hook: Standard dry fly #20.
Thread: White 8/0
Tail: White fibers
Body: White dubbing
Wing: (optional) White clump
Hook: 2-3 XL wet fly #6-16
Thread: Black 6/0
Weight: lead wire 9optional)
Body: Black dubbing
Tail: Black turkey biots
Rib: Black Larva Lace or V-rib
Antenna: Black turkey biots
Wing Case: Black turkey slip
Legs: Dark partridge
Thorax: Black dubbing
Stimulators (Orange and Yellow)
Hook: Tiemco 200R #6-16
Thread: Hot orange
Tail: Dark elk hair
Abdomen: Orange Antron dubbing palmered with brown saddle