My Favorite Dry Fly for Mountain Brook Trout


This fly has had most of the tail eaten right off it, a tribute to its effectiveness.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The best brook-trout waters near the Orvis HQ in southwestern Vermont are fast-flowing freestone streams, which feature lots of pocket water, so I need a high-floating fly that I can see even in frothy, turbulent water. In creating the Hi-Vis Coachman back in the late 1990s, I copied/stole aspects of the traditional Royal Coachman, the Hi-Vis Royal Wulff, and the. . .

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