FLY PATTERNS

fly patterns

      No matter where you love to fish, here are our choices for the most productive fly patterns in the United States by region.


      WESTERN

    • Pale Morning Dun (pmd)
    • March Brown
    • Blue Dun
    • Black Gnat
    • Damselfly Nymph
    • Blue Winged Olive (bwo)
    • Green or Gray Drake
    • Light Cahill
    • other Baetis patterns
    • NORTHEASTERN

    • Light Cahill
    • Adams or Parachute Adams
    • Black & Green Caddis
    • Light Cahill
    • Blue Winged Olive (bwo)
    • Black Ants
    • Hendrickson
    • Micky Finn Streamer
    • PMD
    • Quill Gordon
    • Slate Drake
    • SOUTHEASTERN

    • Ginger or Red Quill
    • Quill Gordon
    • March Brown
    • Light Cahill
    • Blue Winged Olive (bwo)
    • Irresistible
    • Black Gnat
    • Black Nose Dance Streamer
    • THE ROCKIES & MIDWESTERN STATES

    • Blue Dun
    • Blue Winged Olive (bwo)
    • Hendrickson
    • Gray Drake
    • Light Cahill
    • March Brown
    • Marabou Streamer
    • Red Quill
    • Pale Morning Dun (pmd)
    • San Juan Worm (black or red)
    • Stoneflies and their Nymphs
    • Zug Bug
    • Zonker
    • ALASKA

    • Wolly Bugger
    • White Zonker
    • Egg Sucking Leech
    • Adams
    • Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear
    • Royal Wulff
    • Renegade
    • Alaskabou
    • Black Gnat
    • Polar Shrimp
    • Pink Pollywog
    • Green Butt Skunk

Blue Dun

Damselfly Nymph

Quill Gordon dry fly

Eastern Green Drake Hendrickson

Light Cahill San Juan Worm Mickey Finn StreamerZugbug


Whether you are fly fishing for steelhead in Oregon, rainbow trout in Colorado, wild trout in Tennessee, or perhaps golden trout in New Mexico, you will need the right pattern to catch them.

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Match the hatch whenever possible or try a woolybugger or stimulator pattern when all else fails. Everything depends on the region and time of year when choosing the right fly. If in doubt, it is wise to ask the local fly shop or guide for their opinion.

The greatest of fishing trips are preceded by lots of research, research, research. Now go have fun.

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