Trout Flies

Trout Flies are broken down into three basic categories: dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. Dry flies are exactly what they sound like, they float on the surface and only submerge when they are pulled under by either the fish or the angler. Dry fly fishing is very exciting and allows some great opportunities to target specific trout, and the take is often amazing! Nymphs are flies that imitate the larval stages of various insects. While not as sexy as dry fly fishing, nymph fishing is powerfully effective, which makes sense considering the vast majority of the trout’s diet is made up of these gnarly little bugs. Lastly streamer fishing imitates the swimming prey that our fish are after. Minnows, leeches, sculpins, and crayfish are all on the menu, especially for the bigger predatory fish in the stream.


Starter Packages

These packages are the best place to start and offer a little bit of everything you need to get started catching trout. What you are looking for in a good starter package is a little of each of the three main categories. The Wild Water Mega Assortment is not only a complete package, it also comes with a great water proof box. Rainy’s Trout Flies Kit isn’t quite as extensive as the Wild Water kit, but it offers a great selection with a few flies that can be used to target some of the larger trout in the stream. The Umpqua California Trout Fly selection is very robust, and if you already have a box, you’ll be all set to start your fly fishing dreams.These are great starter packages that offer a variety of all the flies you need and will catch fish on any freshwater body in the world. They do not have all of the flies I recommend, but they do offer all you need to get started in one simple package. If you are looking for a more specific collection, you can read my recommendations below.

Dry Flies for Trout

Dry flies for trout imitate the various insects that either lay their eggs on the water or who end up falling off of a plant to their demise to become a nice snack for a hungry trout. Dry flies are typically either realistic imitations, attractor flies, or terrestrials. As their names imply, realistic imitations tend to mimic specific species of insect. This is where the idea of matching the hatch comes from. Each geographic region has different insects with corresponding stages of the life cycle at various times if the year. Attractor flies don’t represent any specific insects, but look buggy in general. They can be fished differently from other dries, and the take can be especially strong. Terrestrials look just like the beetles, ants, and grass hoppers they are designed to represent. I like to use them as an indicator the start of a dropper hopper rig, sort of a two for one presentation.

Parachute Adams             Elk Hair Caddis

Griffith’s Gnat                 Renegade


Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear    Pheasant Tail Nymph


Thread Midge

San Juan Worm

Egg Fly


Wooly Bugger