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I always go with a small 18-20 parachute Adams sometimes you need to change colors from red, brown, green, Grey and black. From there I always use a pheasant tail. It looks like many bugs.
That's my best .02 for ya. Hope that's helpful. Oh and 7X tippet
My tactic has always been to tie a few patterns to cover the color/size spectrum. So hare's ears natural, black, olive, a cream pattern, gray, orange, yellow soft hackles, pheasant tails, ap series, and a few zug bugs. And I do have a basic collection on midges.
My first option is typically a pheasant tail and black AP. size 16 or 14.
I find on high mountain waters fish are as picky as you might think. The waters are typically clear and clean, which means they are low on nutrients, insect life relative to lower waters. Consequently, they eat whatever they can find.
Oh, ants are a good option too.
I would use a thin tippet. 5X or even 6X until I catch a few fish. The brook trout I recently caught in there were quite small, seven inches, so a light leader tippet should not be a problem. I am looking forward to getting back up there soon and will do so in the evening.
Yea, generally woolies with me all the time, but I have been playing with some odd flies lately- a kind of yellow sally with a parachute in red has done pretty well. there's also a moth imitation that does pretty well. but I generally don't do too much lake fishing on the fly rod, I'm just now starting to do more so..
I'd be looking for Callibaetis, damsels, caddis, midges and terrestrials right now.
I'd start by throwing a #6 black Beadhead woolly bugger with a #14 beadhead hares ear behind it. This is my go to searching setup, and most of the time, the fish crush it.
I would also carry a good supply of para addams from a #14 down to a #20, along with the same for griffiths gnats, cdc callibaetis, and elk hair caddis. Also keep some terestrial patterns like ants, beetles, and hoppers with you.
As for nymphs, like I said above, the hares ear is my go to, followed by a prince. I'd say keep a few pheasant tails stillwater nymphs with you as well.
I'd also keep a few chironocones, rojos, black beauties, and poision tungs with you in case you stumble onto some midges or chironomids.
Charlie Craven's Slump Busters pattern is my go to high mountain lake fly! Leach and Scud imitations work well too! And if you have some, use sinking tip fly line, the flies just swim different maybe the difference you need to get some bites!