A Spring Fly Box for Out West


No task has daunted me more than the endeavor to compile a top ten list of my favorite fly patterns for spring. Spring is the awakening of trout streams worldwide offering a wide array of insect hatches. With so many different hatches occurring from one location to another, no single list could ever be reliable enough to share publicly. My list of top ten fly patterns of spring is entirely useless for someone else in another region of the world encountering different insect hatches.

In the American West, spring wreaks havoc on our emotions. We wake up and look at the weather forecast for a clue to what we might expect that day only to be sucker punched with something entirely contradictory. I have had friends visit in the Spring ask me what clothing to bring while packing. I  always reply, "pack for every season."

Spring mornings may often begin warm and sunny, only to have it snow and hail an hour later, and vice versa.  Our bi-polar weather can interfere with your chances of encountering any of our favorite spring hatches to the odds of winning a blackout BINGO. The key is to plan for anything and everything; be prepared. 

Being prepared is the key to success during the spring fishing season. My spring fly boxes reflect my attempt of being ready for anything. My fly boxes contain medium sized stonefly patterns for imitating later instar juvenile nymphs having not yet reached maturity. Smaller free living caddis larva in green, gray and tan. These same free-living caddis larva will continue to get larger as the season progresses. Midge patterns for matching the spring chironomid blizzards. Various Baetis patterns in case the weather cooperates enough for the Blue Winged Olive's to hatch. Finally, I keep a few caddis emergers and wet fly patterns for matching the Mothers day Caddis hatch

Fly Patterns of my Spring Flybox