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What are the best winter fly patterns ?

It is winter! Time to look at that tackle box again and make a new game plan. If you think what to pick for trout on your next trip ,



Winter can be a challenging time for fly fishing, as colder water temperatures can make fish less active and more selective in their feeding. However, there are still opportunities to catch fish during the winter months, and choosing the right flies can make a big difference.


Before we give you specific advice , Here are a few recommendations for each type of flies to use during the winter and how to pick them :

  1. Nymphs: Nymphs are imitations of aquatic insects in their immature, bottom-dwelling stages. Because they are available year-round, they can be an effective option for winter fishing. Some good choices for winter nymphs include stoneflies, mayflies, and caddisflies.

  2. Streamers: Streamers are flies that are designed to imitate baitfish or other aquatic prey. They can be effective in attracting the attention of predatory fish, such as trout and bass, during the winter months.

  3. Midges: Midges are small, flies that resemble mosquitoes or other small insects. They are a common food source for many species of fish, and can be especially effective in colder water.

  4. Dry flies: While dry flies are typically associated with warmer weather, they can still be effective in the winter under certain conditions. If the water is relatively clear and free of ice, and there is some insect activity, fish may be willing to rise to the surface to feed on dry flies.

What we found most effective in Northern states are Nymphs but specifically stoneflies!


Stoneflies are a common food source for many species of fish, including trout, and their nymphs can be especially effective in the winter months. Stonefly nymphs are typically dark in color and have a hard, segmented body. They can be fished deep in the water column, and are a good choice for targeting larger fish.



There are many different stonefly patterns available, and the best one for winter fishing for trout will depend on the specific conditions and the preferences of the fish. Here are a few stonefly patterns that are worth considering:

  1. Pat's Rubberlegs: Pat's Rubberlegs is a popular stonefly nymph pattern that is designed to imitate the natural movement of a stonefly nymph. It features rubber legs that undulate in the water, attracting the attention of predatory fish.

  2. Black or Brown Stonefly Nymph: Black or brown stonefly nymph patterns are simple, classic patterns that can be effective in a variety of conditions. They are typically fished deep in the water column, and can be a good choice for targeting larger trout.

  3. Girdle Bug: The Girdle Bug is a stonefly nymph pattern that is designed to imitate the natural movement of a stonefly nymph. It features a girdle of rubber legs that undulate in the water, attracting the attention of predatory fish.

  4. Pheasant Tail Nymph: The Pheasant Tail Nymph is a versatile pattern that can imitate a variety of aquatic insects, including stoneflies. It is a good choice for winter fishing, as it can be fished in a variety of depths and is effective in colder water.





Again, it's important to remember that the best stonefly pattern for winter fishing for trout will depend on the specific conditions and the preferences of the fish. It may take some experimentation to find the pattern that works best for you





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