A Suggested List of Flies for our Region

Claude is a relatively new member, but very much engaged – witness his previous contributions to Burley Line.  In the lead up to 2017 winter, he made some enquiries about files he should be tying over winter.  He sought advice from some notable fly tiers (and one not very notable at all – ie Bill). Readers might want to consider the final assembled list and contribute comments (I’m sure Peter will add ‘iron blue dun’ to the dry list).

Howdy Bill, Evan, Lyall and Nathan,

So my original intent was to find ‘5 flies of each type’ that I could tie over winter. As I’m fast learning, there is no simple answer … especially when trying to search what some of the recommended flies look like and you get multiple versions! I may have to get that Aussie Trout flies book I’ve been trying to avoid buying. I have added some links to some of the flies (not to buy, just to see what they look like). Below is a summary of the feedback I have received.

Thanks again for your advice 😊.


  • Some kind of muddler (marabou or minnow) for the lake. Interesting, Bill looks here for “something that floats and puts out a good wake when retrieved whereas Peter has always argued that one should retrieve slowly if at all.  I suppose it all depends on what the fish think it is at the time

Most agreed with #14 or #16 for trout, but reminded Claude to consider some oversized dries to suspend nymphs and down to #18 for finicky eaters.



Don’t forget to tie a variety using weighted/unweighted, bead head or not (copper or tungsten)


Carp Flies: Evan provided some specific carp advice and added that “A lot of trout flies double as great patterns for Carp and Redfin, the following would be my ultimate Carp box in various weights, sizes and being creative with colours ie. nymphs don’t always need to be natural 😉

  • Spork size 6-10
  • Unnamed jig Fly of mine that looks like a carrot…
  • Buggers with and without hot spots, rubber legs, flash
  • trout nymphs with and without hot spots, rubber legs, flash
  • damsel nymph 
  • parachute Adams size 10
  • glo bugs


I suspect Claude was anticipating only a few fly patterns to concentrate on, but this is what happens when you ask 4 or more people for fishing advice J  I really appreciate his sharing this journey with us, also to the other contributors for their knowledge.  We’d welcome any additional thoughts from you too.

2 thoughts on “A Suggested List of Flies for our Region

  1. Jaime

    During last trip to Eucumbene lake (July 1st), Matt and I caught a good rainbow each. These 2 fish (or maybe a single desperately hungry fish?… they both were 42cm) were caught with Olive Woolly Buggers. Mine was small, maybe #14. Matt’s was a little larger (not totally sure about this), a more average bugger size. So this is a stillwater reference. Besides that, the day was beautifully sunny – after a very cold nigth (about -8C) – and all happened a little before or at noon.



  2. bill Post author

    I’ve always been told to use olive and black woolly buggers in the lake during daytime (black hackle/tail and olive body) and I’ve had some success with them.

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