At the confluence of effectiveness and simplicity is the mighty Hare's Ear. Here is a riff on the old standard, which will liven things up at the vise and on the water.
Big nymphs have two jobs: entice fish and get the entire rig to the bottom. The Flow Stone does both.
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.
This isn't your grandparent's midge, nor is it your size-22 eye-bender. This is a big nasty midge for the big fish lurking in depths where no tiny midge would dare to go.
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.
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.
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.
This fly is traditional enough to satisfy the classic low-water swing fly crowd, but also adds in a little extra bugginess and flare.
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.
This is as good of an imitation as you'll find for a rainbow trout. It is a pretty simple pattern to tie, and can be easily altered by changing colors to mimic other species of fish for either fresh or saltwater.
OCTOBER CADDIS PUPA
Tied on a jig hook, this October Caddis pattern is perfect for fishing under an indicator or tight-line nymphing.
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.
Anglers love this Stimulator pattern because of its effectiveness and versatility. It's a great searching pattern when you're unsure of what trout are targeting, and it floats well enough to hold up a nymph tied on as a dropper rig.
EL VATO NYMPH
Originally tied as a low-riding caddis dry fly, this is the El Vato Nymph: a quick-sinking bug that comes together with a few creatively used materials.
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.
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.
Delivery Man is the first in the Andersson Series that isn't "exactly" geared toward trout.....this is a toothy pattern.
The Baitfish is a great pattern to practice building fast, easy, durable heads using Loon Outdoors UV Clear Fly Finish.
The Mike Czech is a simple, competition style nymph.