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Flies for Stillwater Fly Fishing

Flies for Stillwater Bliss

Lakes and reservoirs have different flies, but the techniques are largely very consistent with how we fish other water. The rewards can be....well, take a look.

Anna on the Fly, August 03, 2023

Top Flies for Fishing Spring Run-Off

Don’t be a runaway during run-off. A few flies and thoughts for high water season.

Murky? Yeah, maybe. But, run-off also kicks up a ton big bugs. Focusing on color and size can produce some run-off monsters.

Anna on the Fly, May 22, 2023

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Micro Golden Stonefly

Micro Golden Stonefly | Big bugs are molting as the snow is melting!

What makes the Mirco Golden Stonefly “the fly of the month” going into April is because it is very realistic to the actual golden stone nymph, the lighter pale yellow color, the epoxy back giving that armor look, the life like segmented body and the “turkey biot” used for the legs which pushes the water and grabs fish’s attention this is definitely one of the most realistic Stonefly patterns around and a deadly pattern to use the next few months.

Anna on the Fly, March 26, 2023

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Rojo Midge

Rojo Midge | Go Get It

I have had a lot of success using Garcia’s “Rojo Midge” pattern, both as an attractor and as my second fly. I typically fish it in a size 18 or 20, dead drifting it mid-column like a midge pupa pushing its way to the surface.

Anna on the Fly, January 31, 2023

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Blowtorch

Jiggy Blowtorch Nymph | "One of the top three flies for trout anywhere in the world!"

REMEMBER BIG BUGS ARE STILL IN THE RIVERS! Yes it’s “Tailwater tiny” season but don’t let that stop you from trying out new attractor patterns, a trout will eat a big meal if the presentation is there!

Anna on the Fly, January 23, 2023

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Mercury Blood Midge

Mercury Blood Midge | Versatility

I absolutely love this fly because it’s so versatile, it can be fished on any part of your set up at any time of the year but I like to fish it in a size 18-20 in the winter as my attractor/lead fly.

Anna on the Fly, January 15, 2023

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Poison Tung

Poison Tung | BLUE IS THE MOST VIVID of all colors to trout

The Poison Tung has the slim profile of a midge, additional weight to get it down where the fish are sitting in the winter and most importantly the color BLUE - which excites fish and can cause aggressive strikes reminiscent of summer eats!

Anna on the Fly, December 24, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Jujubee Midge

Jujubee Midge | A fly that will fool the smartest of trout and lots of fish in between!

If I see a midge hatch or see fish rising and don’t see any bugs I ALWAYS throw on a Jujubee. Sunday was no different, there was a strong hatch most of the day and nearly every other cast we had a fish on!!

Anna on the Fly, December 20, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Blood Midge

Blood Midge | A must have winter pattern

As the temps cool trout move from from the faster, more oxygenated water to slow deep pools and in the Winter they are stacked up right where these red blood midges live. Trout become lazier than usual but trust me they are on the look out for these bright red bites of candy full of nutrients!

Anna on the Fly, December 12, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | PBR

PBR | A cross between a Rainbow Warrior and a Mercury Midge?

The PBR is a great fly and I hardly ever see it at fly shows or in fly shops and I rarely hear people talk about it but it’s a secret weapon and you should definitely try it out this winter!!

Anna on the Fly, December 02, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Glo Bugs

Glo Bugs | EGGS, EGGS, EGGS!!

Bright orange is great and realistic but it’s good to have a variety of lighter oranges, peaches and light pinks. As the spawn slows down the eggs become less vibrant so lighter colors are great to use.

Anna on the Fly, November 18, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Mercury Midge

Mercury Midge| Small but mighty

There are over 1000 different midge species & they are one of the only insects that hatch all year round, so having a stock in your fly box is important.

Anna on the Fly, October 27, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Jiggy Mini Leech

Jiggy Mini Leech | Beware of aggressive eats!

Leeches are very abundant creating a tasty snack for even the pickiest of trout some of the biggest fish I’ve caught have been on the mini leech!

Anna on the Fly, October 21, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Mercury Midge

Mercury Midge | Small but Mighty

The Mercury Glass bead always seems to be more productive than a standard midge. The glass bead mimics a gas bubble that insects use to emerge and trout love emerging insects because they are most vulnerable.

Anna on the Fly, October 01, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Zebra Midge Beadhead Bubbleback

Zebra Midge Beadhead Bubbleback | Literally catches fish EVERYWHERE in ANY CONDITION

I have been using this fly as my third fly on a tag from the point fly dropping it off a foam terrestrial with one of the previous flies of the weeks as the point fly and then the zebra bubbleback as an emerger. This has proven day in and day out that this is a fly that produces.

Anna on the Fly, July 31, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | HDA Fav

HDA Fav | A fly that has just been killin’ it for me this summer

Use this fly as a dry dropper, as a searcher pattern, off deep shelves and runs, to scrape the bottom for the big boys or even as an emerger - especially during a caddis hatch on the swing

Anna on the Fly, July 21, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail

Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail | A tried and true pattern that mimics a plethora of aquatic insects

I have been fishing this fly in a size 18 or 20 as my second fly and it’s caught almost every fish I’ve landed in the last few weeks, even had to lend my dad a few when he wasn’t getting bites and it instantly lead to a fish on his second cast!

Anna on the Fly, April 01, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Jujubaetis

Jujubaetis | A Staple All Year

I do fish this fly all year long but as BWO season starts to take off I HIGHLY recommend stocking up on some Jujubaetises! Spring is the best time to fish this fly & with its slim profile, “wings” that push the water and and a little flash, it grabs the attention of even the pickiest fish

Anna on the Fly, March 06, 2022

Fly of the Week with @anna_on_the_fly | Pheasant Tail Ice

Pheasant Tail Ice | Change it up

This is starting to become one of my new favorite winter flies and a staple in my fly box, from South Boulder Creek to the South Platte to the Arkansas river this fly catches fish! Especially in heavily pressured water.

Anna on the Fly, February 16, 2022

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