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.
Caddis Pupa, Bead Head, Hares Ear
The Bead Head Hares Ear Caddis Pupa may look simple but it is one of the most effective patterns around. The profile tied with natural materials is suggestive of a number of insects including Caddis, Scuds, Sow bugs, Mayflies and simply looks like something good to eat. This fly will work on any water for almost any freshwater fish. Anglers who fish simple patterns like this are often the most successful around.
Hardcore streamer fishermen love patterns with that can move a lot in the water, patterns with a little flash thrown in for good measure. The Olive Slumpbuster streamer is just such a fly. Weighted well this fly will dive deep and play to the aggressiveness of the fish as you rip it through the currents. A good selection of Streamers in various styles and colors is just what the serious Streamer fisherman carries, and the Olive Slumpbuster is a good addition to that selection. This fly is a must for you when it comes to throwing big flies for big aggressive fish!
Leech, Mini, Bead Head, Dark Red
The Bead Head Red Mini Leech yields surprising results and is a pattern anglers should not be without. This pattern will catch almost any freshwater fish and we have found that Cutthroat can't stay away from this fly. At times, leeches wear colors like this but the bright color and flash make this an equally effective attractor. Leeches are some of the most effective stillwater and streamer patterns around and sparsely dressed patterns like this will often out produce other options.
Sheep Creek Special, Bigg's Fly
The Sheep Creek Special is an unconventional looking pattern that has proven to be very effective, especially in Western trout lakes. It may imitate anything from a water boatman, scud, or leech to even an aquatic snail. Whatever it is the fish like it!
The Mahogany Dun Comparadun provides a great mix of lifelike silhouette, visibility, and buoyancy. Many fly fishing experts go straight to comparaduns when a mayfly hatch brings up actively rising trout. This fly pattern floats in all but the fastest and roughest stream currents and trout seem to prefer this fly to many of the traditional hackled patterns. Fly fishers around the world should consider this a staple fly where Mahogany mayflies are present.
Sculpin, Deer Hair, Olive, Red Butt
This is one of the most realistic sculpin patterns available. The inclusion of a weed guard makes this Sculpin, Deer Hair, Olive, Red Butt fly fishable in any type of water as well. Big fish go crazy for sculpins and this one gets even the most lethargic trout to chase.
Clouser Deep Minnow, Chartreuse-Yellow
This classic saltwater fly also known as a Clouser Minnow is probably the most popular saltwater pattern in the world. The Clouser Deep Minnow, Chartreuse-Yellow is effective on nearly every predatory saltwater species. It is especially useful for stripers, bluefish, bonefish, redfish, snook, seatrout, and many others. It has also become a very popular freshwater streamer pattern. Every fly fisher should carry an array of sizes and colors to be ready for anything.
The Callibaetis Comparadun gives you a lifelike silhouette, good floatation, and visibility. Many fly fishing experts choose comparaduns when a stillwater mayfly hatch brings gulpers to the surface or when these flies hatch in slow moving rivers. Fly fishers around the world should consider this a staple fly where Callibaetis mayflies are present.
Gotcha, Deep Water
Many anglers consider the Deep Water Gotcha to be one of the best Bonefish patterns ever developed. This is a proven Bonefish fly that is well known over all saltwater flats and unique in it's effectiveness with shallow flats and nervous fish. The lighter dressing makes it an ideal pattern for skinny water, and less likely to spook the fish you may be stalking. The Deep Water Gotcha is a definite must if Bonefish are on your list of fish to hunt.
Every freshwater fish will eat the Chartreuse Egg Fly including Steelhead and Salmon. The Chartreuse color will catch fish in any water condition and triggers strikes when others roe fly colors don't seem to work. Whether you are fishing a famous Steelhead run, your local river or even a gravel point on the nearby lake, the fish have learned that these glowing orbs are an tasty meal. Fish that are not spawning will hold in areas near the spawning fish and sometimes even travel with migrating fish for the opportunity to eat their misplaced eggs.
Flash Fly, Silver
The Silver Flash Fly has quickly become a favorite pattern of Steelhead and Salmon fishing enthusiasts all over the world. Initially created as a Silver Salmon pattern this fly in a number of variations has shown its effectiveness with all types of fish. Rising through the pattern ranks this fly with its bright coloration is a proven fly that has become a must have in the fly boxes of many fly fishermen. Slip a few Silver Flash Fly patterns in your box and see what we mean.
Bass Popper, Fruit Bowl
More and more anglers are enjoying bass fishing with big surface flies. This Fruit Bowl Bass Popper Fly is both bouyant and bright. The wiggling legs and vibrant colors make this one of the best bass fishing flies for inducing strikes around cover. Fish this fly in reeds or around floating vegetation. Make it pop and then pasuse and wait for the water to explode.
Rubber Bugger, Cone Head, Takilya
A rubberized version of the popular Tequeely fly, the Takilya Cone Head Rubber Bugger is a proven fish catcher. The bright yellows and oranges in this fly's unique rubber body material wiggle all over the place for more strike inducing movement than we've seen in any other fly. Try fishing the Tequila Cone Head Rubber Bugger in the fall for aggressive browns and lake run rainbows.
Green Drake, Sparkle Dun
Similar to the Comparadun, this Sparkle Dun Green Drake pattern covers the stage of a mayfly hatch just before complete emergence of the dun. At this vulnerable stage mayflies are irresistable to rising trout. Every angler should carry these flies in appropriate sizes and colors for fishing the beginning stages of mayfly hatches.
Soft Hackle, Peacock
Whether you prefer fishing downstream with a traditional wet fly swing approach, stripping it in stillwater, or drifting it as a nymph in constant motion, you'll find the subtle Peacock Soft Hackle Fly to hold a quite a bit of fish catching magic.
Barr Emerger, Blue Wing Olive
The Barr Emerger Blue Wing Olive Fly matches the early stages of a hatching mayfly. Created by John Barr, it can be fished deep as a nymph, through the middle of the water column, or just under the surface. This emerger closely resembles a baetis or blue winged olive mayfly but it will work on many waters all year long.
Caddis Poopah, Bead Head, Olive
The Olive Bead Head Caddis Poopah is also known as the Super Pupa. This fly uses unique materials and an extended profile to imitate the pupal stage of caddis development as well or better than any other fly available. Anglers who have never tried caddis pupae or emergers are missing out on one of the more enjoyable fly fishing experiences.
Double Midge, Peacock
The Peacock Double Midge is a great mating or cluster midge pattern. This fly should be fished from the middle to the end of the hatch when fish are seen rising aggressively. Fly fishers in midge rich streams will learn that trout often ignore single midge patterns in favor of this fly.
The Blood Midge Fly like many other species of midge species exhibits a red coloration in their larval stage. This fly is useful in both river and lake environments since midges are usually the most prolific insects available to trout. This fly can be fished in its larger sizes where chironomids are found or in any stream where midges are an important trout food. It excels in some of the larger tailwaters of the West like the Green, San Juan, and Big Horn.
This Parachute Trico Dun dry fly is very visible to the fly fisher and very realistic to rising trout. It closely resembles a hatching or spent Trico mayfly and lands upright more often than some other traditionally hackled trout fly patterns.
Diver, Deer Hair, Black
The Black Deer Hair Diver is fly fishing's version of a diving bass plug, and can be even more fun to fish. This proven bass fly has the critical components in enticing bass; with just the right mixture of marabou, and krystal flash, and the large spun deer hair head which gives full impact to the effectiveness of this fly. As with all warm water flies, stripping the Black Deer Hair Diver is key. This fly can be stripped fast to achieve more depth, or kept at the surface level to avoid under water snags by stripping slower.
Matuka, Rabbit, Brown
Matuka style streamers have been around for a while but continue to produce excellent results. A realistic profile gives this Brown Matuka Rabbit Fly the silhouette and impression of a fleeing minnow and the rabbit strip adds tons of fish catching movement.
Blue Winged Olive, Para Wulff
No one can argue the success of Parachute flies but this fly is an upgraded version of the popular style. The horizontal hackle and the split tail gives the fly a more realistic profile on the water and by adding two split "Wulff" style wings the Para Wulff Blue Wing Olive is one of the easiest patterns to see on the water. The flashy Mylar rib adds a lifelike segmenting that grabs attention and imitates gas bubbles of emerging insects like Mayflies and Midges. These features together make this a fly fish can't pass up.
The Royal Trude is a classic fly fishing fly that won't go out of style. The down wing provides fish with a different silhouette than most attractor flies and can work when stoneflies and caddis are about on the trout stream. Fly fishermen from Alaska to Argentina have found Trudes to work when other trout flies seem to be ignored by fish.
This Cicada color is a good choice for the central, or eastern regions. If you hear buzzing in the trees tie one on. The fish, especially the big ones, will know what to do with it.
When there is a sulphur hatch, look out - the fishing can be absolutely fantastic! This Comparadun Sulphur dry fly pattern is easy to spot and sits down in the film where the fish like to see their prey. Wings not quite dry, mayfly not quite ready to fly.
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.
Bass Popper, Redhead, Orange
The Redhead Orange Bass Popper is a bright and buggy bass fishing fly for situations where fish are aggressively taking flies up on top. Two color variations are available for fly fishing in different light conditions and for different fish moods.
Shrimp, Marabou, Tan
A marabou body and tail gives this shrimp pattern enough movement to entice strikes from even the pickiest of fish. The Marabou Shrimp fly is most useful on bonefish and other flats species.
Stillwater Nymph, Peacock-Olive
The Peacock Stillwater Nymph Fly is one of the most versatile patterns for stillwater fly fishing. The dyed olive grizzly hackle over a peacock herl body give this fly a realistic irredescent look fish can't pass on. This fly imitates snails, scuds, beetles, mayflies and damsel fly nymphs which make it an extremely effective pattern for any type of water. If it's hard to find what they want try switching to the Stillwater Nymph and you are almost guaranteed to catch a few fish.
Leech, Hareball, Bubble Gum
Originally designed as a pattern for Salmon and Steelhead because of its hot bright color the Bubble Gum Hareball Leech has now become a fly for large trout as well. It's well know that many times a brightly colored fly will draw a fishes attention and this fly not only has that quality, but more over the body materials breath and undulate as the fly is stripped, making the Bubble Gum Hareball Leech an irresistible temptation. This fly would be a definite welcome addition to your box.