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The 25 Greatest Flies of All Time

The 25 Greatest Flies of All Time

Clouser Deep Minnow

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from Mc. Squizzy wrote 5 years 1 week ago

good job you guys! that was great now we can rank our flies! Thanks! I have a lot of those trout flies so now I know I'm on the right track! Sweet!

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 1 week ago

I see little agruement here. I think the Golden Stone and the simple white popper could make the list but what would they replace?

I might replace the Copper John with the basic Pheasant Tail nymph but I think that would be splitting hairs.

I prefer the Sucker Spawn over the Egg Fly. I've caught everything from steelhead to bass to saugeye on Sucker Spawn when my Egg Fly only seems to catch steelhead.

OH. Wait a second. Where's the crayfish pattern? Any respectable fly box has gotta have a crayfish pattern.

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

how did you find out that they were the BEST flys?

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from j-johnson17 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Great list! I would have a few personal additions, but this list is pretty darn good... Nice job guys!

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from johnmerwin wrote 5 years 6 days ago

buck hunter 17:
That's a perfectly reasonable question. "Best" is always a matter of opinion, of course. In my case, based on experience. I got my first fly rod 58 years ago this month and have been waving one around ever since....

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from hunt_fish_sleep wrote 5 years 5 days ago

Glad to see the Dave's hopper, my personal favorite for western trout.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 4 days ago

I truly believe I have caught trout for almost thirty years in and around Yellowstone Park using the wooly booger in black or olive. It works most of the time in most conditions. I do like the yellow bead head version best.

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from dehavenphoto wrote 5 years 2 days ago

Interesting post. Lots of great flies. I just wish F&S would make these posts printable. I realize you do have a print button but it doesn't print out the photos large enough to see nor does it print out the comments on each fly.

Please consider this on future articles. Thanks for listening.

Jack

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from hengst wrote 5 years 2 days ago

Bullseye! Every time I thought Wait what about such and such bamn there it was RS2,Soft Hackle,Hares Ear etc.

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from johnmerwin wrote 5 years 1 day ago

dehavenphoto:
Sorry, but I just gotta say this:
If you subscribed to our print edition for a measly 12 bucks, you'd have a hard copy in living color! Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for writing!

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from sjcastleberry wrote 4 years 52 weeks ago

I would add the patterns that don't overlap to Trout Unlimited's Bakers dozen.

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from Battenkill04 wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

Thrilled to see my absolute favorite fly finally made someone elses list, the Griffiths Gnat!! I think this list is a darn good one. But, here's my 2 cents; because they always seem to be around, I would put the Blue Winged Olive in the top 10. Good list, good fun!

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from bassboy wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

where is the poper

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I don't see the list?...but I would put the soft hackle front and center. I'd like to see a competition example where you spot some trout in a small stream, and now what fly will produce the best results. Of course different flies will work best at different times, and nothing really gets proven in one situation, BUT...I can move a distance above the fish where the fish will not see the line, or the leader, or me, because my soft hackle will be presented fly first, and fish will take it on the drag, not needing a drag free drift. I can easily tie it in a very small fly, or a bigger fly. I don't need to see the fly, just feel the tug when one takes. The fly can be swung through the fish, and be taken as it floats through, or especially when it rises as it represents an emerging bug swimming to the surface. Fish can follow it, and take it as it hangs down near the surface, or several short strip,pause, strips, and now they grab it as an emerging bug hatching out, and about to get away. It is an awesome fly, one of the oldest concepts, and beginners can have great results fishing it. It deploys the same cast, mend, follow with the rod tip as I use for steelheading, and a steelhead fly can be described as a glorified soft hackle. It is the motion of the hackles that trigger the strike. And there aren't many easier flies to tie, especially deploying my tying method.

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from colton branville wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

i like to use the foam spiders to nail the panfish and occasional bass but the wet flies have to be the best for trout

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from larsonwe wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

This is a great fly! have been using this one for a while now and have some great results, im glad other people have enjoyed using it as well.
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from trout master wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

You guys forgot a renagade a royal coachman and the rare san juan worm.

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from Jack Davis wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share...very useful, indeed! :)

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from Flytieflyfish wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

That is a good list. Some of my best flies didn't make the list but that's ok. What works for my homewaters may not be the best for everyone else's homewaters. Sayfu, thanks for the lesson on fishing softhackles. It sounds good.

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from SCStrat wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

If I was a fish...I'd eat that. TRX Suspension Trainer

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from Jack Davis wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing. I think the people who share how they are doing satellitedirect softwarereally helps others. Nice work!

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from badsmerf wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Very nice list. A lot of my go-to flies are on this list. Shouldn't there be some more salmon/steelhead flies on here though?

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from Mc. Squizzy wrote 5 years 1 week ago

good job you guys! that was great now we can rank our flies! Thanks! I have a lot of those trout flies so now I know I'm on the right track! Sweet!

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 1 week ago

I see little agruement here. I think the Golden Stone and the simple white popper could make the list but what would they replace?

I might replace the Copper John with the basic Pheasant Tail nymph but I think that would be splitting hairs.

I prefer the Sucker Spawn over the Egg Fly. I've caught everything from steelhead to bass to saugeye on Sucker Spawn when my Egg Fly only seems to catch steelhead.

OH. Wait a second. Where's the crayfish pattern? Any respectable fly box has gotta have a crayfish pattern.

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from Battenkill04 wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

Thrilled to see my absolute favorite fly finally made someone elses list, the Griffiths Gnat!! I think this list is a darn good one. But, here's my 2 cents; because they always seem to be around, I would put the Blue Winged Olive in the top 10. Good list, good fun!

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from SCStrat wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

If I was a fish...I'd eat that. TRX Suspension Trainer

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from buck hunter 17 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

how did you find out that they were the BEST flys?

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from j-johnson17 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Great list! I would have a few personal additions, but this list is pretty darn good... Nice job guys!

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from johnmerwin wrote 5 years 6 days ago

buck hunter 17:
That's a perfectly reasonable question. "Best" is always a matter of opinion, of course. In my case, based on experience. I got my first fly rod 58 years ago this month and have been waving one around ever since....

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from hunt_fish_sleep wrote 5 years 5 days ago

Glad to see the Dave's hopper, my personal favorite for western trout.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 4 days ago

I truly believe I have caught trout for almost thirty years in and around Yellowstone Park using the wooly booger in black or olive. It works most of the time in most conditions. I do like the yellow bead head version best.

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from dehavenphoto wrote 5 years 2 days ago

Interesting post. Lots of great flies. I just wish F&S would make these posts printable. I realize you do have a print button but it doesn't print out the photos large enough to see nor does it print out the comments on each fly.

Please consider this on future articles. Thanks for listening.

Jack

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from hengst wrote 5 years 2 days ago

Bullseye! Every time I thought Wait what about such and such bamn there it was RS2,Soft Hackle,Hares Ear etc.

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from johnmerwin wrote 5 years 1 day ago

dehavenphoto:
Sorry, but I just gotta say this:
If you subscribed to our print edition for a measly 12 bucks, you'd have a hard copy in living color! Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for writing!

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from sjcastleberry wrote 4 years 52 weeks ago

I would add the patterns that don't overlap to Trout Unlimited's Bakers dozen.

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from bassboy wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

where is the poper

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I don't see the list?...but I would put the soft hackle front and center. I'd like to see a competition example where you spot some trout in a small stream, and now what fly will produce the best results. Of course different flies will work best at different times, and nothing really gets proven in one situation, BUT...I can move a distance above the fish where the fish will not see the line, or the leader, or me, because my soft hackle will be presented fly first, and fish will take it on the drag, not needing a drag free drift. I can easily tie it in a very small fly, or a bigger fly. I don't need to see the fly, just feel the tug when one takes. The fly can be swung through the fish, and be taken as it floats through, or especially when it rises as it represents an emerging bug swimming to the surface. Fish can follow it, and take it as it hangs down near the surface, or several short strip,pause, strips, and now they grab it as an emerging bug hatching out, and about to get away. It is an awesome fly, one of the oldest concepts, and beginners can have great results fishing it. It deploys the same cast, mend, follow with the rod tip as I use for steelheading, and a steelhead fly can be described as a glorified soft hackle. It is the motion of the hackles that trigger the strike. And there aren't many easier flies to tie, especially deploying my tying method.

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from colton branville wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

i like to use the foam spiders to nail the panfish and occasional bass but the wet flies have to be the best for trout

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from larsonwe wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

This is a great fly! have been using this one for a while now and have some great results, im glad other people have enjoyed using it as well.
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insanity workout

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from trout master wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

You guys forgot a renagade a royal coachman and the rare san juan worm.

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from Jack Davis wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share...very useful, indeed! :)

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from Flytieflyfish wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

That is a good list. Some of my best flies didn't make the list but that's ok. What works for my homewaters may not be the best for everyone else's homewaters. Sayfu, thanks for the lesson on fishing softhackles. It sounds good.

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from Jack Davis wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing. I think the people who share how they are doing satellitedirect softwarereally helps others. Nice work!

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from badsmerf wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Very nice list. A lot of my go-to flies are on this list. Shouldn't there be some more salmon/steelhead flies on here though?

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No one fly catches all the fish all the time. That’s a fact of flyfishing, and it’s why there are thousands of different patterns. Fish, ever whimsical, sometimes refuse to eat on Friday the fly they ate on Tuesday. Fishermen, ever inventive, constantly create new patterns to compensate. Despite this, some standard patterns have evolved. Tested by time, water, and fish, these are the flies that work more often than not. Most are trout flies because the majority of flyfishermen target trout. That’s why my top 20 list leans in that direction. Compiling a top-flies list invites argument, I know. Meet me at fieldandstream.com to join the fray. -- John Merwin

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