Southwest Virginia Fly Patterns

December 2, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

This piece by Richard Formato raises an interesting question: Why don’t more fly shops hand you a list of “essential flies” for the area when you walk in the door? But then I think of a friend of mine who is a master at selling flies; no doubt his quota would drop if customers knew what they needed as soon as they reached the fly bin.
Tom Brown, Orvis Roanoke’s fishing manager, lists these flies as essential for southwest Virginia: “The Blue Wing Olive, The Sulpher. Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Hares Ear Nymphs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Prince Nymphs, Wooly Buggers, and the Peach Fly.” In the Roanoke Times.