Archive for December 14th, 2011


Fly Fishing: Beginner’s Assortment

A Basic Assortment of Trout Flies for the Beginning Fly Fisher

Anyone categorically claiming a definitive list of flies for the beginner is aware that there are a myriad of basic fly patterns to choose from to construct such a list. This (non-definitive) list is a temporary safe haven for the beginner, until  they start the onward march toward dozens of fly boxes and then the probable retreat toward fewer fly boxes. The possibilities of patterns and scenarios are endless. So, to suggest a must have list is inherently problematic.

I offer the above collage as a very temporary list of patterns to start a season with and then build upon.

Muddler Minnow (Top/Left   Woolly Bugger (Top/Center)  Wet Fly (Top/Right)

Egg Pattern (2nd Row/Left)   Gold Bead Hares Ear (Center)  Adams (2nd/R)

Elk Hair Caddis (3rd Row/L)                              Bead Head Pupa (3rd Row/R)

San Juan Worm (Bottom/ L)                               Pheasant Tail Nymph (Bottom/R)

“OMG! What about……………”   Yes, yes, quite true. The possibilities are endless, and you will in short order increase the patterns you carry. Sit with five other fly fishers and each will have their favorites. But, I bet most would consider the above list an adequate start for a season’s trial. If you would like to take a season to see if you really want to get into fly fishing, then buy/borrow the above patterns to start and then try the sport. Keep it simple. Vary the sizes and colors a bit and concentrate on presentation, observations and reading the water.

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