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I am going to try fly fishing for trout. What are some essential flies I should have to start my collection?

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I'm not a big trout fly guy but I don't think any fly collection could be without some wolly buggers. I've caught about every kind of fish I've ever caught on a fly rod on a wolly bugger. 

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I'm not a big trout fly guy but I don't think any fly collection could be without some wolly buggers. I've caught about every kind of fish I've ever caught on a fly rod on a wolly bugger.

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What type of trout and water are you targeting, native, wild or stockers?  all those will help to determine what type of flies should be "standards"

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I am going to try fly fishing for trout. What are some essential flies I should have to start my collection?

I'm still fairly new(less than 2 yrs) to fly fishing, but these are my must haves.  Keep in mind that many flies can look like a variety of bugs, certain ones cover all bases well.  Finding the right depth where the fish are feeding or willing to feed is as important as matching the hatch.

 

Dries:

Elk Hair Caddis

Blue Winged Olive (BWO)

Parachute - 

Hoppers

 

nypmhs:

stone fly - also looks like a dragon and damsel fly nymph

prince nymph

bh hairs ear

caddis nymph - also the puppa caddis nymph

pheasant tail

RS2 - or emergers will work good here

San Juan Worms - also see Squirmy Wormy's

eggs

 

 

i am not overly concerned with sizes, but i try to stay similar to what i see hatching.  do some research but be very cautious about making things to complicated.  you can fish very simply with only a few patterns and catch lot's of fish.  Also you want some streamers, and wooly buggers.  They are tough to say about sizes and colors.  I try to stay natural looking though.

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Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Bead Head Hare's Ear, Parachute Adams, Kreelex, Wooly Bugger, and if you fish stocked trout, you're gonna need some egg patterns.

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bead head pheasant tails, hairs ears, caddis nymphs and wooly buggers have done well for me. All of these are easy ties too.

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