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.
Beadhead Prince NymphThe 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 NymphMuch 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 BugUse 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 CaddisTrout fly fishers everywhere swear by the Elk Hair Caddis. This one’s a no brainer – this one will match caddis hatches anywhere.
Parachute AdamsThe 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 LakeThe Pass Lake is a classic fly fishing pattern with Wisconsin roots that has found success hooking trout and even panfish across the United States.