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I know the list is probably endless and also depends on what is hatching at the time, etc., BUT if you are from out of the area and coming in, what patterns and sizes would you pick if limited to 3 dries and 3 nymphs? 8)
 

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Money, I tie flies but as I understand it the S. Platte requires small flies that I am not that good at tying so I'll buy some. Figure a couple in each size, maybe two colors, 6 patterns, I can go a bit farther on the budget but I figured I'd get some variation in suggestions, plus the cheap $.80 stuff doesn't always float that well so I want to buy from a good shop.
I tie a fairly good fly, some I've tested against store ties and mine have held up better, it is the smaller sizes that give me trouble.
 

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Well, July is when I'll be there (I'm from out of State) so I don't have much choice and "Doing" the Dream Stream is on my list of things to do. I also want to move downstream and hit 11 Mile Canyon and Cheesman Canyon. Will the same choice of flies work there in July or are different flies needed. I know I am asking a tough question. What I'm looking for is:
If no hatches, Use a grey #20 RS2. Most hatches use a #22 BWO or #22 BWO emerger, or when in doubt a #20 Adams. have some Grey #24 Midges. High water- a san Juan Worm. This will help me get together an assortment of flies to bring.
 

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I have one book on the south plate that I've read and it had an emerger pattern that is sort of like an Elk Hair Caddis but you don't trim the front off near the head- it sticks up and floats the fly. I've used that pattern on local streams on brown trout that I can see. On several occasions they have refused everything else- swum right up, looked over the fly and turned away but that elk hair emerger- wham. They've grabbed it. You sort of develop a fondness for a fly like that.
It sounds like this need for tiny flies (#22-24) might be a little over stated- that was my issue- I just cannot tie flies that small.
 
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