What’s in your fly box this summer? Here are some of the top freshwater flies that will put you on fish!
Summer is here to stay and it might be time to break out the vice or head to your nearest fly shop. With fly tying becoming more popular through the likes of Facebook and Instagram, there are a lot of cool patterns floating around. From crazy streamers to funky topwater creations it is hard to weed out what you need and what you don’t.
Here are the top six freshwater flies that should have a designated space in your box .
1. The “Woolly Bugger”
The simplistic of simple. Many overlook the versatility of what this can represent in the water.
This fly will imitate creatures ranging from leeches to baitfish. I like to drag olive and orange wooly buggers over the river bottom to imitate crawfish.
2. The “Lunch Money”
Crafted by Matt Bennett, this is a must have for your fly arsenal. One must see for themselves how perfect the action is on these in the water. Mr. Bennett took his time with this one, and I can attest that these produce fish. The Fire Tiger and Muted Bluegill are my favorite colors. Stripping these at a fast pace will usually entice a handful of bucketmouth and a few over eager sunfish.
3. The “Boogle Bug”
The “Boogle Bug” goes with summer mornings, just like peanut butter goes with jelly. It just works. Now that the water is warming up, tie on a Boogle Bug in the early stages of morning and hold on tight! The water displacement on these poppers are legendary and they are incredibly durable. I always keep a handful of yellow and white with me in the summer.
4. The “Clouser Minnow”
The “Clouser Minnow” will prevail in the darkest of fishing times. If you are having a hard time bringing a fish to hand, more than likely it is time to throw on one of these guys. The old Texas saying goes, “If it’s not chartreuse, than there is no use!”
Do yourself a favor and go buy yourself a couple of chartreuse and white, and chartreuse and pink clouser minnows in different sizes. These flies get hammered by bass. Especially, when summer is just getting started and the weather isn’t pushing over one hundred degrees.
5. The “Schultzy’s Sculpin Streamer”
Now this one will really get the big boys worked up. I picked a few of these up last summer from Orvis and had to buy a dozen more due to their life-like movement. If you are fishing rivers and lakes known for big fish, go ahead and do yourself a favor and tie one on and hold on tight!
6. The “Prince Nymph”
This is going to be the closeout for the summer list. If ever I don’t hook into a bass, I can always count on the Prince Nymph to catch a couple of sunfish. I find this fly fished best with a tiny weight pinched eight inches above the knot. Don’t be fooled, this fly isn’t only for sunfish. Sometimes a bass will pick this up if the presentation looks tasty!
Hopefully, this list gives you a better day on the water. These patterns have got me through some really tough times on the water and deserve to be on this list of top freshwater flies. Go out and grab yourself a couple of each and be sure to go support your local fly shop!