Crab, Permit, Del Brown
The Del Brown Permit Crab was created by one of the most famous permit fly anglers, Del Brown. The shape of this fly along with lead eyes makes it sink like a fleeing crab. The Del Brown Permit Crab also known as a Merkin is one of the most productive permit flies available. It is also effective on bonefish, Redfish and other flats species which makes it a pattern you should always have in your box. This is a pattern that will produce fish anywhere in the world and recently has become popular with Steelhead anglers using nymphing techniques. The Merkin does not hang up when bouncing along the bottom, this makes it a great choice for a heavy nymph.
The classic Green Bomber Fly has proven itself to be one of the very best waking or skating dry flies. It is a must have wherever silvers and steelhead are known to chase flies on the surface.
This classic saltwater baitfish streamer popularized by Lefty Kreh has caught fish for years and continues to produce all around the world. This Deceiver, Yellow-Green fly is a muti-purpose baitfish pattern that has proven effective on almost any saltwater species. Several colors and sizes should be in every fly box even for those anglers going after some of the more predatory freshwater species.
Muddler minnows or sculpins form a significant part of the diet of most large trout. This Muddler Minnow fly is the classic sculpin pattern and continues to produce large fish all around the world. Fish this fly with an erratic fleeing motion near the bottom and see what shows up on the end of the line. This fly may also be dressed and floated as a hopper in a pinch.
Matuka, Rabbit, White
Matuka style streamers have been around for a while but continue to produce excellent results. A realistic profile gives this White Matuka Rabbit Fly the silhouette and impression of a fleeing minnow and the rabbit strip adds tons of fish catching movement.
Sparkle Pupa Emerger, Bead Head, Olive
The Bead Head Olive Sparkle Pupa Fly is designed to match an emerging Caddis as they appear underwater. The antron case imitates the gas bubble Caddis have to help propel them to the surface. When Caddis are hatching fish will move out of their way to inhale this fly. The Sparkle Pupa patterns can be fished as a dropper, on the swing or as a nymph in deep water. The many different colors and sizes allow you to match any emerging Caddis on your local waters.
Humpy, Red, Brown Hackle
Sometimes known by older fly anglers as a 'goofus bug' the Red Humpy is no doubt one of the finest of dry flies around. This fly fishing classic is very buoyant, colorful, and has the profile matching a variety of insects. The Humpy dry fly is a useful attractor pattern and seems to work exceptionally well for brook trout and grayling. This fly is the same as the Humpy, Wulff, Red, but it has the standard elk hair wing.
Hares Ear Nymph, Bead Head, Natural
Along with the Prince and Pheasant Tail nymphs the Bead Head Hare's Ear is one of the vital classic nymph patterns for most trout waters. Hares ear dubbing gives this fly a buggy look that is irresistable to fish looking for drifting mayfly nymphs. Use this Hare's Ear pattern where more robust shaped mayflies are present or simply rely on the attractive properties of this proven fish catcher.
Gray Drake, Cripple
Quite often mayflies become trapped in their cases or crippled in some other way during the hatching process. Trout become aware of such flies and often start to key in on cripples. The Cripple Gray Drake Dun effectively imitates a struggling mayfly and can be deadly where gray drakes are common.
Damsel Fly, Foam, Blue
Nothing in stillwater fly fishing matches the excitement of casting a big adult damsel fly to cruising hogs. The Foam Damsel Fly pattern matches a spent or crippled damsel perfectly. This Damsel pattern has strong hook and works well for Carp and many other hard fighting fish. The foam body and reinforced materials are more durable then other patterns and make the fly float very well. Try casting the FOAM DAMSEL along shorelines or shallow vegetation to cruising fish and expect some aggressive strikes.
Pale Morning Dun, Zelon Cripple
The Zelon Cripple Pale Morning Dun Fly pattern imitates a emerging or crippled mayfly dun. Mayflies are vulnerable during this stage of the hatch and fish find this pattern irresistable. This fly floats high on the water and is easy to see. Every angler should have this pattern when there are light colored mayflies hatching.
Ant, Fur, Cinnamon
The Cinnamon Fur Ant Is one of the most effective ant patterns available. The simple materials used on this fly creates a silhouette that is hard to duplicate and makes this fly extremely effective. Fish are selective to color and size when feeding on ants and this pattern will match a number of common ant species.
Rubber Midge, Black
The Black Rubber Midge is a simple, sparsely dressed Midge pattern. Many times simple can be deadly effective and this fly fished to midging trout can be just such a pattern. Suspended as a dropper just under the surface or presented delicately drifting in the deeper water section the Black Rubber Midge can be a successful pattern in your midging pursuits.
Golden Stonefly, Bullet Head, Adult
The Bullet Head Adult Golden Stonefly has the exact profile of a female golden stone. The deer hair bullet head, foam egg sack and foam under body make this fly float exceptionally well. The silicon rubber legs give this fly movement and a buggy silhouette. The wing color closely matches a live stonefly and makes this fly easy to track on the water. Because stoneflies are an easy meal with excellent food value they will pull even the largest fish out of there hiding places. This pattern is also used as a grasshopper and works as a general attractor most anywhere.
Tarantula, Rubber Legs, Red
Definitely made for big fish, the Red Rubber Legs Tarantula is the fishing fly to throw when you need some attention. Aggresive fish can't resist the multiple wiggling legs and bright colors of this popular trout fly. Fly fishermen all over the West and in all parts of the fly fishing world have found this to work when trout just feel the need to eat.
Leech, Mini, Bead Head, Black
Black colored flies have stood a test of time for being the top producing leech color and this sparsely dressed Black Bead Head Mini Leech is even more effective than most. The flash of the bead offers extra fish attracting qualities and if you strip the fly the weight of the bead gives the fly a swimming action. These features will trigger aggressive strikes from almost any freshwater fish and anglers all over the world trust the Black Mini Leech to produce fish on all of their home waters.
If you chasing bonefish on the flats you'll no doubt need some crab patterns in your box. The Bone Crusher Fly is a saltwater crab imitation that needs to be one of those flies included in your selection. There are many times when simplicity in a fly pattern is the key to success. Such is the case with the Bone Crusher, simplistic yet suggestive, and tied in a manner in which it will move and entice the silver ghosts.
The Deceiver Fly is a classic saltwater baitfish streamer popularized by Lefty Kreh has caught fish for years and continues to produce all around the world. This Black Deceiver fly is a muti-purpose baitfish pattern that has proven effective on almost any saltwater species. Several colors and sizes should be in every fly box even for those anglers going after some of the more predatory freshwater species.
Sow Bug, Gray
Years ago any conversation waterside involving the subject of Sow Bugs on most waters would have brought questioning looks by many as this aquatic life form had very little recognition. Now a days Nymph fishermen are sure to carry some Sow bugs in the collection. The Grey Sow Bug is a very good impressionistic pattern that is sure to draw some attention. Simply put, get this fly, put it in your box and get it wet! The Grey Sow Bug will not disappoint.
Disco Midge, Green
The Green Disco Midge takes flash to new levels. This midge larva pattern is highly visible and highly effective for aggresive trout in waters where midges make up a large part of their diet. It is one of the best midge patterns in slightly dirty water or tailwaters with a lot of drifting debris.
Gotcha, Orange Tail
The Gotcha fly is one of the best bonefish patterns available. The pearlescent body and critter-like shape makes this fly irresistable to feeding bonefish. The Gotcha is available is several variations and sizes and is effective in a variety of situations and locales.
The Black Dose Fly is an attractive pattern that combines a flash of color with a visible dark profile. Although a classic Atlantic salmon pattern it can be effective on multiple species.
Ray Charles, Pink
Yes, works in Georgia. The amazing Pink Ray Charles is a can't miss scud and sow bug imitation. This brightly arrayed bug also works as an egg fly during spawning runs. The Ray Charles fly is tied with a bright pink ostrich herl that mimics hundreds of tiny legs and has a shiny mylar case that further increases the visibility of this fly. Yep, you can't miss it and you shouldn't miss creating a spot in the fly box for this beauty.
Shrimp are not usually part of a salmon's diet once it moves into fresh water. Even so, the Orange Prawn Flies seem to trigger something in a fish's memory that makes it strike.
Pheasant Tail Nymph, Tungsten Bead Head
This Tungsten Bead Head version of the classic British Pheasant Tail is a super effective fly all over the world. Pheasant Tail Nymphs will imitate mayflies, stoneflies, midges and the versatile profile has made it an effective attractor and a great searching pattern. The weight of the tungsten bead makes this fly sink fast. It is a great choice for deep nymphing or as a dropper fly trailing off an attractor dry fly.
Elk Hair Caddis, Tan
Buoyant, visible, and fishy, the Tan Elk Hair Caddis is one of those fly fishing flies every angler should have in a variety of sizes and colors. Some fly fishing guides and serious fly fishermen dedicate entire dry fly boxes to this one pattern. This is possibly the best caddis fly pattern for grayling and trout fishing around the world.
A.P. Emerger, Olive
The Olive A.P. Emerger Fly is one of the top patterns for imitating a callibaetis mayfly or damselfly nymph. This fly was developed for the shallow lakes of Oregon by well known stillwater angler Denny Rikards. When aquatic insects start to become active, lake anglers are finding the A.P. Emerger to be a one of the most constant patterns they fish. When the fish are difficult to catch, having versatile patterns like this that match a variety of food sources will greatly increase your success.
Enrico's Ghost Shrimp is an excellent modern design, and a perfect addition to any bonefish box. The sparkly fibers create a nice amount of reflection without being too "flashy" - an excellent trait for fishing in areas where fish have seen a lot of brighter flies. The Ghost Shrimp features a great-looking set of crustacean eyes which also form a weedguard - great for fishing areas with snags. The larger size (#2) of this fly can also serve quite well for redfish, seatrout, and other estuary dwellers.
Salmon Fly, Hair Wing Triple Decker
Perhaps no hatch is more anticipated than the giant Salmon Flies of the West's most famous trout waters. This buoyant and realistic Hair Wing Triple Decker Salmon Fly pattern can be fished all day with no damage other than a few tooth marks from the giant trout that come up to inhale it.
Skunk, Hot Butt
This Hot Butt Skunk Fly is a flashy pattern that hardly resembles its classic cousins the Green Butt and Traditional Skunk. It is an good pattern to use when water turns a little cloudy or when you just need more flash.
Crazy Charlie, Yellow-Chartreuse
This is the classic flats fly. It is useful in a variety of situations and works on almost every thing that cruises the flats and is also useful in freshwater for sightfishing to carp.
The Sar-Mul-Mac Blue Fly is a great offshore pattern for larger predatry fish that prey on mackeral. The mixture of realistic profile, colors, and attractive flash make the Sar-Mul-Mac a superb big fish fly.