It will be most advantageous to my readers that I should give them some
accurate accounts of the various Salmon Rivers, pointing out at the same
time the best station on each where sport may be expected with the fly,
and to know where to proceed before starting on their angling excursion,
as the whole fun is in knowing the right places to prevent
disappointment. There are numerous small size rivers, the local flies
which are of a plain and sombre hue, and which it will be necessary
the fisher should be acquainted with--these I will give as I proceed.
In summer, when the rivers are low, small plain flies are best, or
rather so on dark days, with a good ripple, then they will entice them.
They do not rise often when the sun is warm, except in rapid streams.
Use small black bodied flies with silver and middling gaudy wings, mixed
with teal or cock of the north feather--change it to a gaudy one if they
do not take the black. Early in the mornings before the sun strikes the
water, and from three o'clock till dark, or about sunset is a good time
to move a large fish with a fly he likes. The two flies at the bottom of
the plate with "picker," are most likely ones for that time in the day.
The plain one is brown body, and wings of mallard. The bottom one is
green body, and mixed wings of gaudy feathers; the body is a jointed
one, of peacock green. I made it nearly twenty years ago,--it is a
beautiful specimen of a gaudy fly for rapids after a flood.