Flies for the Rapid
November 09, 2011
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