Whether you are new to the sport, visiting for the first time, or a seasoned anlger looking to refresh those New England staples in your fly box, we have the pack for you. Designed by the team, we collected a list of not only Maine originated flies, but some go to staples to boost that fish count out there.
Package include 13 flies listed below w/ choice of small or medium fly tin
1. Shufelt Special (#6 – 4xl hook)-This white marabou spin off of a mickey finn creates a lot of action in the water and was created by Robert Shufelt of Greenville, ME.
2. Marabou Gray Ghost (#6 – 9xl hook)-Perhaps the most iconic Maine originated streamer, this marabou gray ghost is a modern and more durable take on the traditional Carrie Stevens originated fly from Upper Dam, ME in 1924.
3. Marabou Black Ghost (#6 – 9xl hook)-Some would argue this is the most reliable streamer you can have in your fly box in Maine. The marabou wing (verses the original feather wing version that was created by Herb Welch of Oquossoc, ME in 1927) gives this fly more action in the water.
4. Woods Special (#8 – 4XL)-A traditional Maine streamer and angler favorite that was first created by Joe Sterling of Danforth, ME late 1960s. There’s no denying that the fishy shape of the duck feather and orange body drives Brook Trout crazy!
5. Olive Bead Head Bugger (#10 – 4XL)- Woolly buggers are the number one fly that is fished in the world because they can mimic anything from an insect nymph to leech to baitfish.
6. X-Caddis (#14) - This caddis dry fly sits a little lower in the water to give the appearance of a caddis fly that has just finished shucking its nymph exoskeleton and is about to fly away! This sense of urgency entices fish to eat!
7. Royal Stimulator (#10)- Yes, Maine does have large flying insects including large stoneflies and caddisflies. The royal stimulator does a great job of mimicking many large insects and floats like a cork.
8. Elk Hair Caddis (#12)- While northeast originated, this fly is iconic everywhere in the United States. Caddisflies are prolific in Maine, which makes this a deadly dry fly.
9. Kennebago Wulff (#10)- This dry fly was created by Bud Wilcox of Rangeley, ME. Smaller sizes can mimic spring mayfly hatches, while larger patterns are commonly used to mimic a drake.
10. Soft Hackle Caddis Emerger (#14)- This fly resembles a caddis fly that is swimming to the surface to emerge as a winged adult. Because there are an abundance of caddisflies in Maine, swinging this fly is quite effective.
11. Tungsten Caddis Nymph (#14)- Never leave to go fishing in Maine without caddis nymphs.
12. Tungsten Pheasant Tail (#14)- You can never go wrong fishing a pheasant tail because they mimic all kinds of mayfly nymphs.
13. Tungsten Zebra Midge Jig (#16)- This 2.5mm tungsten beaded zebra midge is a fly to throw in any body of water, at any time of the year. Sealed with a UV hotspot on the wing case, fish will see this fly from a mile away.
Team Preferred Fly Companies for additional designs:
NW Fly Co
Beadhead Fly Fishing