If you’re a trout bum, nymphs are the most productive way to catch fish. Trout feed on nymphs year-round and fishing nymphs under an indicator or via tight line techniques will help you catch more fish. Nymphs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Bead head flies and tungsten flies are great for targeting fish near the bottom of the water column. If you want to fish higher in the water column, choose a nymph without a bead head that is neutrally buoyant. From stoneflies to caddis and everything in between, we carry a huge selection of nymphs for all of your trout angling needs.
If you’re unsure what the fish are feeding on or which bugs are in the water, a general mayfly attractor nymph pattern generally works best. Mayfly patterns include popular fly names like the Pheasant Tail. We carry a few variations of the PT nymph including a Slim Flashback PT, a regular Flashback PT, a bead head PT and a tungsten bead PT. These flies are great little patterns on western streams or here on the east coast. Other mayfly patterns include the Lightning Bug Nymph, Copper John, Hare’s Ear, and Prince Nymph (although these last two could be considered stonefly nymphs).
Other popular stonefly imitations include the famed Bitch Creek and the Pats Rubberlegs. These patterns were popularized in the western US on large freestone rivers like the Yellowstone because of their large profile and rubber legs. These flies are solid patterns for cloudy water conditions and work well as a point fly in a two-nymph indicator rig. Another popular stonefly pattern is the 20 Incher Stone. The 20 Incher Stone has a large stonefly profile and can be fished in a variety of ways for hungry trout in a river setting.
If you’d rather downsize and fish something smaller for wary fish that aren’t looking for a big meal, we’ve got a large selection of sub-surface midge patterns that productive during winter months and when fishing tailwaters. The Zebra Midge is one of the most well-known midge patterns in fly fishing. We have a few different varieties including the Two-Tone Tungsten Zebra Midge and the Thin Tungsten Zebra Midge. The Brassie Fly is also a solid midge nymph for a multitude of fly fishing scenarios.
Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention caddis nymph patterns. Caddis are a popular trout fly in many watersheds and they’re prevalent across much of the US. Before caddis hatch, their larva populate the water column at different depths and are vulnerable to a feeding trout. Some popular patterns include the Bead Head Deep Sparkle Pupa, Emergent Sparkle Pupa, Bead Head Mop Fly, and others.
No matter which nymph you’re looking for, we’ve got the complete collection right here. Stock up for trout season or for winter tailwater fishing so you have all the flies you need when you get out on the water. Best of all? All flies SHIP FOR FREE and come with a price match guarantee. Shop Now!