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Top Ten Flies

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Caddis (Nymph)


The Caddis Fly is one of the main food Sources of Trout with approximately 12,000 described species. You can find this insect in most of your water ways. With Thousands of different patterns, you can never go wrong with this basic pattern.

  • Hook: Standard Nymph
  • Thread: 8/0 Black
  • Body: Green Dubbing
  • Thorax: Black Dubbing

Elk Hair Caddis (Dry Fly)


The Adult stage of the Caddis Fly. This is a Dry fly which sits above the water column. Also tied in many different sizes and colors. When you notice a heavy hatch of sedge-flies and the fish are rising, I believe this is the time for you to cast this fly out.

  • Hook: Standard Dry Fly
  • Thread: 8/0 Tan
  • Rib: Thread or Fine Wire
  • Body: Green Dubbing
  • Hackle: Brown Saddle
  • Wing: Elk Hair

Grey Ghost (Streamer)


The Grey Ghost is a Streamer style fly which imitates a small bait fish such as a smelt. The best ways to present this fly is to swing or troll.

  • Hook: Streamer Hook
  • Thread: 6/0 Black
  • Tag: Flat Silver Tinsel
  • Body: Burnt Orange Floss
  • Ribbing: Flat Silver Tinsel
  • Belly Wing: White Bucktail, Golden Pheasant Crest
  • Wing: Grey Hen Saddle, Golden Pheasant Crest
  • Shoulder: White and Black Striped Body Feather from Silver Pheasant
  • Cheeks: Jungle Cocks

Hare's Ear (Nymph)


The Hare’s Ear is a great imitation of many Mayflies in the nymph stage. Also many different ways to tie this fly, you can never go wrong starting with the basic “Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear”. To get the recipe and instructions on tying this fly click here

Mickey Finn (Streamer)


The Mickey Finn is an all time favorite streamer of many. This classic pattern is an attractor style fly which will trigger the fish to bite even though it doesn’t really imitate anything.

  • Hook: Streamer Hook
  • Thread: Black
  • Rib: Oval Tinsel
  • Body: Flat Silver Tinsel
  • Wing: Yellow Bucktail, Red Bucktail, Yellow Bucktail Stacked in that order
  • Parachute Adams: A must have fly in your fly box. The parachute adams is a great imitation of a emerging mayfly. When a mayfly hatch is happening and the trout key in on mayflies this is the fly you would want to tie on.

Parachute Adams (Dry Fly)


A must have fly in your fly box. The parachute adams is a great imitation of a emerging mayfly. When a mayfly hatch is happening and the trout key in on mayflies this is the fly you would want to tie on.

  • Hook: Standard Dry Fly
  • Thread: Grey 8/0
  • Tail: Brown hackle fibers
  • Post: Calf Tail
  • Body: Adams colored Dubbing
  • Hackle: Brown and Grizzly dry fly saddle

Pheasent Tail (Nypmh)


For those Slow moving creeks where the fish really looks at your fly, the PTN will do the trick. Very basic fly but highly effective, the PTN in a assorted sizes will be what your looking for.

  • Hook: Standard Nymph Hook
  • Thread: 8/0 Black
  • Tail: Pheasant Tail
  • Rib: Fine wire
  • Body Pheasant Tail
  • Thorax: Peacock Herl
  • Wing Case: Pheasant Tail

Royal Wulff (Dry Fly)


There is a wide variety of Wulff patterns, but this is the attractor of them all. The royal wulff you will see in almost every fly box. Great for fast moving water and with the large white wings easy to track on the water.

  • Hook: Standard DryFly
  • Thread: 8/0 Black
  • Tail: Moose
  • Wing: Calf Tail
  • Body: Peacock with a Red floss Band in the middle
  • Hackle: Brown Saddle

Stimulator (Dry Fly)


This large dry fly is a multispecies type fly. The Stimulator can either copy a grasshopper, stonefly, large caddis, and many more types. This fly is also buoyant enough to support a small nymph below to create a hopper/dropper rig, which can be a deadly combo.

  • Hook: 3XL Hook
  • Thread: Color to match body
  • Tail: Elk Hair
  • Rib: Fine Wire
  • Body: Dubbing
  • Hackle: Saddle Hackle
  • Wing: Elk Hair
  • Hackle: Saddle Hackle
  • Thorax: Dubbing

Wooly Bugger (Streamer)


One of the most Common flies used and also a multispecies type. The Wooly Bugger can look like a Crayfish, baitfish, leech, worm, and much more. The Wooly Bugger can be used as a searching pattern and once you found the pod of fish you can start finding out what to use to match the hatch.

  • Hook: Streamer
  • Thread: 6/0 Black
  • Tail: Black Marabou
  • Hackle: Black Hackle
  • Body: Olive Chenille
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