July 23, 2021
Trout are some of the most popular game fish in the world. They normally feed on insects, invertebrates such as small crustaceans, and other fish such as minnows. It’s also not unheard of for trout to feed on other animals such as shrews and mice. There are many techniques one can use to catch them, including float fishing, bottom fishing, and using spinners and spoons. The artificial flies we’ll be covering in this list are designed to be able to resemble different types of trout food - some can even pass as small baitfish.
This is a staple for any angler’s fly box. It is one of the most popular dry fly patterns - and for good reason. It’s versatile enough to imitate a range of different adult-stage aquatic flies such as midges and mayflies. This makes it a great, reliable lure for trout fishing, particularly in the early summer. Its round, spiky form gives it high visibility for both fish and angler - you’re unlikely to have difficulty locating this lure in the water.
Developed by Doug Prince - after whom it was named - this wet fly pattern imitates a number of different aquatic insects trout are drawn to, such as stoneflies and sowbugs. The bead head adds weight to the fly, helping it sink to the bottom of the water for a better chance of luring fish. Two white goose biots form a pair of wings attached to the back of the head, while another pair of biots act as a forked tail on the back of the fly.