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Fly/Knot Info

Fly Patterns

Fly fishing at Limestone, just like stream fishing, has a definite seasonal element and requires different fly patterns during the year. Fishing depth is also a critical factor as water temps do peak during the heat of summer. (Read about the Thermocline issue).

Many of the online businesses listed on our LINKS page have searchable patterns specifically for stillwater fishing.  Fly patterns include dry, wet, nymph, streamers, eggs, and almost anything you might already have in your fly box.

Natural food sources in our ponds include crayfish, snails, dragon flies, frogs, grasshoppers, ants, leeches, beetles, trout eggs, minnows, caddisflies and mayflies.

For paid members and guests, our property manager/guide, Scott Simko, provides fishing suggestions on a white board in the clubhouse.  


Matching the Leader/Tippet to your choice of Fly


Match Leader/Tippet to your Fly Size

There is a general rule of thumb that the leader/tippet size you should be using is approximately equal to the fly size divided by 3 or 4.  Certainly, for a #20 fly, you would be hard pressed to thread a 3X leader through the eye hole of the hook.  Keep this in mind when you need to grab that tippet spool next time.

Orvis has a short video on tippet selection, titled "How to Pick the Right Tippet".  Another useful link on more details is Bill Byrd Jr's webpage, The X rating system for leaders and tippet

Another detailed look can be viewed on theflyfishingbasics.com website, here



While all members and guests at Limestone can take home fish, the overall trend is for anglers to catch and release trout so that someone else can experience the thrill of having their spool taken down to the backing by a large, hungry trout!

In 2016, close to 3500 trout were landed at Limestone and of those, slightly more than 94% were returned to our waters.

In 2017, the overall number was just under 3000 landings, but the return numbers went up to 97%.

In 2018, conditions were a weather challenge with a cold, wet spring and hot summer.  However, more than 3200 trout landings were reported on census sheets.  See our Catch Analysis page for information  - 97% return rate.

Catch and Release Guidelines

Catch and Release Guidelines

Insect Life Cycle Diagrams

Trout feed on insects in all stages of their life cycles.


Mayfly life cycle


Caddis life cycle


Midge lift cycle


Stonefly life cycle