WHY LESS IS BEST
You can hitch almost any unweighted fly but some wake better than others. Sparse patterns with a wing and throat are best. Flies tied on hooks specifically for the hitch leave a space between the eye and the head where you can tie the leader, but it’s not essential. Flies that are dressed on plastic tubes are easier to attach because you don’t need the knot that gives the fly its name and they ride higher in the water. I use standard patterns, including Night Hawk, Black Sheep, Haugre, Crathie and Yellow Stoat. Try 1 cm-2 cm flies – their wings should extend 2 mm3 mm past the bend or tube end. Use a long-winged fly (3 cm-6 cm), Collie Dog or Sunray, in higher water. For hooks, light-wire doubles and singles reduce weight. For tubes, I prefer size 14-18 silver VMC trebles or Partridge Stingers. Avoid gold VMCS – I find they bend easily and sometimes break.