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What are the best flies for hatchery trout?

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With the frigid winds blowing through the woods of New England it’s hard to believe that opening day will be upon us before we know it. As TU members, we certainly do enjoy fishing for wild trout in small streams but there’s also going to be plenty of stocked fish out there before long. Some of us who sit at the vise during the doldrums of winter have attempted to tie the perfect “Trout Chow” fly. However, the folks over at Midcurrent have given some thought to this matter.

For freshly stocked fish, use big, bright flies, such as a San Juan Worm in hot pink or red, or an egg pattern, such as a Jighead GloBall in ‘clown’ colors.

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