If you fly fish, you need flies. Which ones to choose for taking trout? Here are the 50 proven, go-to patterns that every trout fly fisher should carry to catch trout almost all the time, anywhere in the world of trout streams and still waters. From the hundreds of trout patterns available to today's fly fisher, Hughes--in quintessential minimalist style--cuts through the complicated choices and gives a basic selection of essential trout flies that fit in a fly box or two and cover the broad spectrum of trout fishing conditions. This new edition--with 1/3 new material, 20 additional patterns, and 300 variations--addresses the changes in fly preference over the last 15 years with some old patterns dropped for new styles tied with new materials and tying techniques.
Dave Hughes began fly-fishing for trout in his early teens and for the last thirty-six years, he has made a study of trout streams and lakes, the natural foods on which trout feed, and the flies that take trout in the widest variety of circumstances. Dave has fished for trout around the world, is founding president of Oregon Trout, and a life member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. He has written regularly for Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Flyfishing, American Angler, Field & Stream, and Gray's Sporting Journal and is a respected author with over 20 books to his credit. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Introduction to the Second Edition Part 1. Learning to Tie Trout Flies Chapter 1: Fly Pattern Simplicity Chapter 2: The World in Two Fly Boxes Chapter 3: Fly-Tying Tools Chapter 4: Fly-Tying Materials Chapter 5: Basic Maneuvers in Tying Part 2. Dry Flies Chapter 6: Searching Dry Flies Traditional Dry Flies Wulffs Parachutes Madam Xs Chernobyl Ants Chapter 7: Imitative Dry Flies Mayflies Sparkle Duns Thorax Duns CDC Duns Quigley Cripples Spent-Wing Spinners Caddisflies Elk Hair Caddis X-Caddis CDC Caddis Stoneflies Hair-Wing Stonefly Drys Foam Stoneflies and Others Midges Traditional Midge Drys Klinkhamer Specials CDC Midges Terrestrials Hoppers and Crickets Foam Beetles and Ants Fur Beetles and Ants Part 3. Nymphs Chapter 8: Searching Nymphs Fur Nymphs Herl Nymphs Czech Nymphs Wire-Bodied Nymphs Chapter 9: Imitative Nymphs Mayflies Mayfly Nymphs RS-2 and WD-40 Stoneflies Stonefly Nymphs Rubber-Leg Stones Caddisflies Caddis Larva Nymphs Caddis Pupa Nymphs Midges Thread and Flash Midge Nymphs Lace and Biot Midge Nymphs Serendipities Other Food Forms Scuds and Sowbug Nymphs Damselfly Nymphs Dragonfly Nymphs San Juan Worms and Egg Patterns Part 4. Wet Flies and Streamers Chapter 10: Wet Flies Soft-Hackled Wets Flymphs (Wingless Wets) Traditional Winged Wets All-Fur Wet Flies Chapter 11: Streamers Muddler Minnows Hair-Wing and Featherwing Streamers Woolly Buggers Mohair Leeches Clouser Minnows Bunny/Rabbit Leeches Matukas and Zonkers Articulated Streamers Conclusion: A Fly-Box Strategy About the Author