The Copper John is the perfect fly in that it doesn't mimic one thing but represents many, and has a little bit of everything: a little flash, a little movement, a little weight.
This is a cool little caddis nymph that can be swung, dead drifted, or high sticked. The furled body extends away from the hook, giving it a unique profile and a little extra movement.
Based on a bass lure called a Reaper, this pattern is intended to be fished in warm water. It sinks quickly and rides upside-down (as it is tied on a jig hook) so it won't be as likely to get caught in the weeds. It's most note-worthy quality: movement, and...
The Frenchie is a member of an increasingly popular family of flies: competition nymphs. With a recipe that consists of only a few materials, it is a great way to fill boxes quickly with an effective, quick-sinking little fish catcher.
SOFT HACKLE PHEASANT TAIL
The Pheasant Tail Nymph is as well known as any fly out there, and this is it's collared cousin. It's a quick way to fill a fly box and catch a lot of fish.
A classic wet fly with varying origin stories, this is an anything-that-swims pattern for lakes and rivers. It uses just a few materials, comes together quickly, and can be modified in a myriad of ways.
This is a riff on the infamous Bird's Nest. A sturdy fly that can be tied in a ton of different colors, this is a great pattern for filling a box quickly.
The Downtown Brown is a nifty little March Brown nymph, with a tag that serves as a hot spot.
PHEASANT TAIL NYMPH
Simple, time-tested, and effective, the Pheasant Tail Nymph (often abbreviated to 'PT') is on the short list of most anglers.
The name of this nymph is not misleading: it is a simple one! But it's also an effective one.
This little nymph fills two things quickly: a fly box, and a trout's mouth. Tie this baby up in as many colors as possible and get to work.
It's big, you don't want to get in its' way, and it cleans up. This intruder is absolutely worth tying in a couple different colors for chasing winter steelhead in coastal rivers.
KING TUBBY STONE
The King Tubby Stone is a great stonefly nymph that will fool fish looking for big bugs!
This is a very effective nymph pattern utilizing a few materials that make it pop. Try tying a few of these up in various colors and test on the water to see what works for you.
Intended to be a coastal steelhead pattern, this is a colorful fly with a ton of action and a pretty big profile, but still moves well through the water.
OCTOBER CADDIS PUPA
Tied on a jig hook, this October Caddis pattern is perfect for fishing under an indicator or tight-line nymphing.
Whether you are trying to fill a box for saltwater or warm water, this baitfish pattern is a great place to start.
Perdigon flies were made popular by Spanish competition anglers because they sink quickly and catch a lot of fish. Learn to tie the Perdigonish fly here.
An attractor pattern that most closely resembles a PMD or other mayfly.
Hot-headed attractor pattern. This is a great little fly that looks something like a Bird's Nest... and nothing really like a Bird's Nest.
A simple little Rhyacophila Caddis nymph. This is tied on a competition-style hook and can easily be embellished with a little extra flare.
A Prince patterns that incorporates some new materials and a special dubbing blend that makes it worth checking out. This is a great attractor pattern that gets down quickly.
The bird's nest is a classic, but this version has some new twists and the addition of a hot spot on the wing case.
SUPER EASY GLO BUG
The Super Easy Glo Bug.
EL VATO CADDIS
A low-riding dry fly caddis imitation that is perfect for targeting picky fish. This is the perfect answer to fish that are turning away from flies that ride too high to succeed in imitating the real thing.