Flies for the Rapid

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


Thread: black

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

Thread: Brown

Tail: Rusty brown dubbing with brown palmereed hackle, trimmed flat on top.

Wing: Folded brown turkey wing fibers, shaped into tent, lacquered.

Hackle: Optional

Antenna: Optional, fine boar fibers, 1.5 times body length.

CDC Caddis

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.

Simple Strawman

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.

Elk-hair Caddis

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

Hackle: White

Stonefly Nymphs

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

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