Top 10 Best Flies for Trout
You just can’t fly fish trout without these essential trout flies.
The flies listed here are our favorite trout flies no matter where we are hitting the stream. These are the flies we have in our boxes wherever we are trout fishing.
- Copper John
The Copper John is the best-selling trout fly of all time. It’s got added weight from fly tying it with a bead, epoxy wingcase and copper wire. If you fly fish trout with a nymph the Copper John is an absolute must-have.
- Beadhead Prince Nymph
The Beadhead Pheasant Tail is your meat and potatoes trout fly. They imitate all sorts of different aquatic insects and is a great all-around option.
- Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph
Much like the beadhead Prince Nymph, this is an excellent all-around fly for trout that will perform in all sorts of trout fly fishing environments.
- Lightning Bug
Use the Lightning Bug trout fly when fly fishing with a 2 fly nymph rig or as a dropper fly under a dry fly. We’ve had a lot of success with this one fly fishing the Madison River in Montana.
- Pink Squirrel
The Pink Squirrel trout fly came out of the driftless area of Wisconsin and is one of the most effective trout flies you’ll use no matter where you go.
- Elk Hair Caddis
Trout fly fishers everywhere swear by the Elk Hair Caddis. This one’s a no brainer – this one will match caddis hatches anywhere.
- Parachute Adams
The Parachute Adams is one of the best all-purpose dry flies for trout. It’s hard to beat the Parachute Adams. Just put it in your fly box and be ready to deploy it.
- Pass Lake
The Pass Lake is a classic fly fishing pattern with Wisconsin roots that has found success hooking trout and even panfish across the United States.
- Gold Bead Rubber Leg Crystal Bugger
Here’s an excellent option as a trout streamer. Another highly versatile option for catching all sorts of trout species.
- Craven’s Dirty Hippie
Borne from the fly tying vise of Charlie Craven, this is turning into one of our favorite new fly patterns for hooking trout.