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The Three-color Attractor System

 

The Three-Color Attractor System

Royal Wulff Fly

 

 

 

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     For reasons that are not entirely clear, trout will sometimes strike a brightly colored May Fly, Caddis Fly, or Stone Fly pattern that does not closely resemble any fly that they are commonly used to seeing. Also, for reasons that are not entirely clear, tout seem to be attracted to and are enticed to strike by certain colors. Therefore, when choosing Attractor fly patterns, I use my "Three-Color Attractor System". As the name implies, this system consists of the three colors trout seem to be most attracted to and which consists of flies that are predominately red, yellow, or green. For instance, the Royal Wulff, the Carolina Wulff, and the Tennessee Wulff fly patterns are quite possibly the most productive attractor dry fly patterns ever designed. Each of these patterns is tied to resemble an adult May Fly in shape but, there are no naturally occurring may flies in existence that actually exhibit the color combinations presented by the dark green, iridescent, peacock hurl and red, yellow, or green floss combined with white wings that these fly patterns present. Yet, each pattern has proven to be absolutely deadly for me on both wild and stocked trout here in western North Carolina. On the other hand, Red Wulffs, Grizzly Wulffs, and Green Wulffs as well as red, yellow, and green Humpies are also effective Attractor patterns for fly fishing here in western North Carolina. Thus, at times when aquatic insect activity appears to be at a lull, such as the mid-morning to late afternoon hours, it is often helpful to use an attractor pattern in one of the above mentioned colors as a “search” pattern in order to find actively feeding trout. Thus, my favorite selection of flies for my "Three-color Attractor System" consists of Stimulators in royal red, yellow, and green (or olive) in size 12, Elk Hair Caddis in orange, yellow, and olive, Royal Wulffs (red), Carolina Wulffs (yellow), and Tennessee Wulffs (green) in size 12, or Red Wulffs, Yellow Wulffs, and Green Wulffs in size 12. In addition, it is helpful to realize that this three-color system can also be applied to nymphs in order to help you locate actively feeding fish that will not respond to a dry fly. For instance, in order to create a three-color attractor system using nymphs, you could choose a Royal Wulff nymph, a Pheasant Tail Sulphur nymph, and a green Golden Ribbed Hair's Ear nymph. Or, perhaps a Firebug nymph, a Tellico nymph, and a Prince nymph. Also, if you have Caddis Flies and/or Stone Flies in your local waters, you might want to add a selection of Serendipity nymphs in red, yellow, and olive as well a selection of Copper John nymphs in red, copper, and green.


     In addition, while I am aware that there are numerous types of fly boxes available from numerous manufacturers ranging from purely utilitarian to fine works of art, over the years I have developed a particular affection for Myran fly boxes. Not only are they relatively inexpensive, they are lightweight and yet nearly indestructible (I have had mine for over fifteen years). But, I especially like the clear plastic divided into individual compartments because the clear plastic allows me to view my fly selection without having to open the box and the individual compartments allow me to carry more flies in a smaller space. In fact, I can generally fit a dozen of each pattern into each compartment without damaging the hackle which is more flies than I can place in a foam box of the same size. Consequently, I like to use an eighteen-compartment Myran box to house the size 12 dry flies that comprise both my "Three-Color Attractor System" and my "Six-Color Imitator System" as well as a twelve-compartment Myran box to house my size 16 flies in the same patterns. Thus, by carrying the above mentioned patterns in both size 12 and size 16, I can generally attract even wary Browns during non-hatch periods and match most any hatch closely enough to fool the trout during prolific hatches. Consequently, for your convenience, I have listed below my two preferred configurations for my Myran dry fly boxes as well as a couple of possible variations of each:


 

 

Image of my Three Color Attractor System

Myran 18 Compartment Fly Box

 

 

 

Preferred Version (all flies in size 12) -

Black

Gnat

Blue Winged

Olive

Green Elk

Hair Caddis

Tennessee

Wulff

Green

Wulff

Green Stimulator

March

Brown

Sulphur Dunn

Yellow Elk

Hair Caddis

Carolina

Wulff

Yellow

Wulff

Yellow Stimulator

Female

Adams

Light Cahill

Orange Elk

Hair Caddis

Royal

Wulff

Red

Wulff

Red Stimulator

 

Variation #1 (all flies in size 12) -

Black

Gnat

Blue Winged

Olive

Green Elk

Hair Caddis

Tennessee

Wulff

Green

Humpy

Green Stimulator

March

Brown

Sulphur Dunn

Yellow Elk

Hair Caddis

Carolina

Wulff

Yellow

Humpy

Yellow Stimulator

Female

Adams

Light Cahill

Orange   Elk

Hair Caddis

Royal

Wulff

Red

Humpy

Red Stimulator

 

Variation #2 (all flies in size 12) -

Black

Gnat

Blue Winged

Olive

Black Elk

Hair Caddis

Green Elk

Hair Caddis

Green

Wulff

Green Stimulator

March

Brown

Sulphur Dunn

Brown Elk

Hair Caddis

Yellow Elk

Hair Caddis

Yellow

Wulff

Yellow Stimulator

Female

Adams

Light Cahill

Grey Elk

Hair Caddis

Orange   Elk

Hair Caddis

Red

Wulff

Red Stimulator

 

 

 

 

Myran 12 Compartment Fly Box

 

Preferred Version (all flies in size 16) -

Black

Gnat

Blue Winged

Olive

Green Elk

Hair Caddis

Tennessee

Wulff

March

Brown

Sulphur Dunn

Yellow Elk

Hair Caddis

Carolina

Wulff

Female

Adams

Light Cahill

Orange Elk

Hair Caddis

Royal

Wulff

 

Variation #1 (all flies in size 16) -

Black

Gnat

Blue Winged

Olive

Green Elk

Hair Caddis

Green

Wulff

March

Brown

Sulphur Dunn

Yellow Elk

Hair Caddis

Yellow

Wulff

Female

Adams

Light Cahill

Orange Elk

Hair Caddis

Red

Wulff

 

Variation #2 (all flies in size 16) -

Black

Gnat

Blue Winged

Olive

Green Elk

Hair Caddis

Green

Humpy

March

Brown

Sulphur Dunn

Yellow Elk

Hair Caddis

Yellow

Humpy

Female

Adams

Light Cahill

Orange Elk

Hair Caddis

Red

Humpy

 

 

 

 

 

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