The Basic Trout Fly Box

By Jeff Durniak, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division

Dry: Adams- dark mayfly (sizes 14-18)
Dry: Light Cahill- light mayfly (sizes 14-18)
Dry: Elk Hair Caddis (tan) (sizes 14-18)
Dry: Stimulator (stonefly) (size 14)
Nymph: Pheasant tail (sizes 16-18)
Nymph: Hare’s ear (sizes 14-18)
Larva: Caddis (olive) (sizes 14-18)
Nymph: Stonefly (sizes 12-14)
Nymph: Prince (attractor) (sizes 14, 16)
Streamer: Woolly bugger (black, olive, size 8 )
Egg Fly: peach Glo bug (size 12)
Worm: San Juan worm (size 12)


NOTE: To fool a trout, look at existing bugs in or on stream, and then match: 1) place in water column, 2) size, and 3) color.

NOTE: Most trout are near the bottom 95% of the time, where the groceries are and the predators are not! NOTE: Search (Google) for local hatch chart for your target stream (ex: “Tightlines”) Fly pattern honorable mentions:

Dries: black ant, griffiths gnat, blue wing olive, yellow humpy, royal coachman Wets: soft hackles- pheasant tail, hare’s ear, partridge and yellow, Lafontaine sparkle pupa Nymphs: bead heads of nymphs above, lightning bug, midge larva (size 18, 20) Streamers: white zonker, muddler minnow

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