CMC's Denver Fly Fishing Section
Favorite Colorado Flies

" Below are patterns I normally start with or come back to.
They cover the hatches and seasons of Colorado trout. "
—  Jorge Dominguez, CMC Trip Leader

Dry Flies

The Nine Dry Flies:
Dries make up the largest and most diverse category of fly patterns. Flies with hair wings and tails float well and stand up better to rough water than those with feather wings and tails. "Beat up" or shabby dries can be often be trimmed to become capable nymphs and emergers.

Parachute patterns are more visible than standard patterns. The Parachute Adams is the most versatile dry fly on our list. Parachute patterns maintain their proper orientation and are best for varied flow conditions.

Subsurface Flies

Fifteen Subsurface Flies
Nymphs make up the second largest fly-pattern category, next to dry flies, and are an important part of any fly box. Immature aquatic insects and crustaceans constitute as much as 90 percent of a trout's diet. It's not surprising nymphs work.

When fishing subsurface, the trick is to get the fly to the fish. This is often near or on the streambed. Flash or beads that represent the shiny exoskeleton of many insects work, especially in off-color waters. These enhancements may also resemble the bubble released by emergers as they rise.
Fly Tying Instructions
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