Here's our collection of the top fly patterns for trout. These blog posts include a detailed list of the top flies as well as step-by-step tying instructions, photos, videos, and much more. If you're gearing up for trout season check here first. Plus, this list gets updated regularly so check back often for the top new patterns in the trout world.
The Partridge and Orange fly is one of the most effective soft hackle fly designs ever developed. It's also really easy to tie and only uses two materials. This is a great pattern for trout and steelhead and can be swung or dead-drifted. This pattern is great for prospecting new water or fooling finicky trout. Don't leave home without one. Read on for step-by-step instructions and learn to tie this practical trout pattern.
The Hare's Ear is one of the most popular nymph patterns in contemporary trout fishing. Many variations exist but this particular pattern, including rubber legs, is sure to fool any trout keyed in on stonefly nymphs. This nymph also works well as an attractor pattern, point fly, and single fly under and indicator. We've tied this fly with plenty of weight to sink quickly into a trout's feeding zone to help you catch more fish. Learn the steps necessary to tie the Hare's Ear in this fly tying tutorial.
The Royal Wulff is an attractor dry fly that's great for any trout fishing scenario. Whether you're targeting trout or bass, the Royal Wulff is a must-have in any angler's fly box. This fly imitates a variety of insects and is an ideal imitation for large mayflies like Drakes. It can also be used to prospect small streams for native trout that aren't as picky as technical tailwater trout. Follow along as Jared shows you how to tie a variation of one of the most popular dry flies in history - the Royal Wulff.
Trout flies can be difficult to tie. Small nymphs and small dry flies require patience and fine tying skills. This nymph, however, is relatively simple and a great pattern for novice-intermediate tyers. This is a great nymph for Euro or Tight Line nymphing and also can be fished under an indicator. Use this fly across the US on popular trout streams or take it into the backcountry when chasing fish in New Zealand and beyond. Tune in as Jared ties Egan's Frenchie with step-by-step instructions.
The Feather Game Changer is one of our favorite freshwater streamer patterns here at Trident. This fly works well when tied with a stinger hook or without for bass, trout, and pretty much any freshwater fish. Here Jared ties the streamer in a Crayfish Orange color to imitate a sculpin or any other small freshwater baitfish. This pattern moves incredibly well in the water and is sure to grab the attention of a brown trout lurking in the shadows. Read on for step-by-step fly tying instructions.
The Egg Sucking Leech drives trout wild in the fall (and spring). Eggs offer trout a protein-rich meal. In the spring and fall trout often feed on eggs and larger meals like leeches. This pattern works particularly well in Alaska where Salmon eggs enter the river in the fall or in rivers where Suckers or Whitefish spawn during the spring. This pattern can be stripped or swung for Trout or Steelhead.
If you're a streamer junkie, this fly is for you. The Ragdolly is an articulated streamer that's designed for big fish. Sure, it takes some time to tie, but it's a really effective pattern for meat-eating fish. Follow along as Jared provides step-by-step instructions to tie this complicated fly with a fishy profile.
The Purple Haze is a popular dry fly across the US and around the world. Similar to a Parachute Adams, the Purple Haze is easy to see and effective when trout are feeding on Mayflies. The Purple Haze is a great pattern for spooky fish in large water or fish that have seen an Adams too many times. This Mayfly imitation will float well, be highly visible, and create a buggy profile in the water. Follow our detailed instructions to tie this pattern with a parachute as Jared takes us through the steps needed to create this small, effective dry fly.
The Tying Bench is back with an attractor pattern that's great for trout in the western US or right here in Maine. The Chubby Chernobyl is one of the best all-around dry flies for catching trout feeding on Stoneflies, Hoppers, and more. An efficient foam design provides stellar buoyancy and a large wing makes this pattern easy to follow on the water. If you're chasing active trout that aren't too particular, you're going to want this one in your fly box. Follow along as Jared provides step by step detailed instructions for tying this popular attractor pattern.
The Copper John is one of the most popular trout nymphs on the planet. Seriously. If you're looking for a heavy mayfly nymph, this is a go-to pattern for trout rivers across the US and internationally. The Copper John can be tied a few different ways and Jared shows us his version in this episode of the Tying Bench. If you have a vise and are an avid trout angler, this video and blog post is for you.