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Old 11-20-17, 03:46 PM   #1
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Heading to Fern Valley this week for the first time. Never fished the Soque or any private water situation. I am not using a guide so I don't really know what to expect. Has anyone been up there lately or at all that could give me some suggestions on what flies to stock up on. Also does anyone know if you can buy flies there?

Any advise always much appreciated.
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Old 11-20-17, 04:16 PM   #2
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I'm 99.99% sure you cannot buy flies at Fern Valley. Basically the river runs behind Marty and Glad's house.

There's a lot of water to choose and lots of very good-sized fish. Pretty much any of the typical holding areas on a river will have fish in them at FV.

Please keep in mind their rules:
  • Single, Barbless Hooks
  • No Dark Egg Patterns
  • Landing Nets Required

Streamers are always a good bet at FV; those big fish like to chase meat.
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Old 11-20-17, 05:15 PM   #3
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Can't buy flies at FV to my knowledge

Don't overthink things. Most flies work. Worms and eggs are a staple. Standard hare's ears, pheasant tails, zebras, etc work well. Small streamers are good too. Most importantly, fish the right water and make sure that your flies are in the zone. There's plenty of fish, and you can sight fish to them in a lot of places. If the water's too deep for you to spot fish, there's definitely a lot of fish in it. You'll figure it out. It ain't rocket science.
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Old 11-20-17, 05:16 PM   #4
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Yes, we have flies to purchase ~ an assortment of suggested flies for the Soque River ~~
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Old 11-20-17, 05:22 PM   #5
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Appreciate the input. Very excited to see what this trophy water is all about.
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Old 11-20-17, 05:28 PM   #6
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Yes, we have flies to purchase ~ an assortment of suggested flies for the Soque River ~~
Well I'm glad I left that 00.01% in the calculation. Sorry Glad! I'm happy to be wrong.
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Old 11-20-17, 10:30 PM   #7
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Killed them at Blackhawk fly fishing a few weeks ago on the Soque with a white egg for top fly and a soft hackle below that about 8 inches. Both flies were beadless with some weight above the top fly. A few lessons I️ have learned on trophy water...

The fish get lots of pressure and they spook different from others...they may stay right in there spot but won’t eat vs the non trophy water where they bolt when they see you...net net sneak up on them and fish the water in a systematic grid pattern where possible, closest fish first.

Bring a strong enough and fast enough rod..I️ fished my TFO BVK 4wt....knowing that I️ would miss fish but wanting to practice since it is my main tailwater rod...with those big fish you need to set the hook pretty hard so a soft tip rod makes this tough


Hope that helps!
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Old 11-21-17, 04:44 AM   #8
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I have guided there a couple dozen times or so in the past six weeks. Always have worms but try different colors. Pheasant tails have worked well with small mayfly hatches happening once and awhile.

Think outside the box and show them something they haven't seen. I think you need a rod with good backbone but there is nothing wrong with a soft tip which protects tippet. Just make sure your hookset is quick, but not long. Once you feel the tension of the fish stop or you will pull hooks and/or break off.

Fishing has been good, most clients lately have had zero or very little fly fishing experience and have had 15 plus fish days to the net with a lot off misses and LDR's.
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Old 11-21-17, 05:57 PM   #9
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Hire a professional guide. Guides hire guides when they fish new water!
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Old 11-23-17, 10:29 AM   #10
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great advise, I'm going tomorrow and will be sure to give a report.
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