Winter Trout Flies

Fly fishing in the winter can be challenging but, also, highly rewarding. Most people do not venture outside their homes so winter fly fishing keeps the crowds away, and often times you’ll have the water all to yourself.

Generally speaking, trout are a smidge sluggish in the winter as they become less active in, literally, wader freezing temperatures. We don’t recommend that you fly fish in the winter because it only adds further stress to fish that have not recovered from the summer.

But, if you were to fly fish during the winter, here are our top winter trout flies:

  • AK-47

    $1.85
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    Baltz CDC Caddis Pupa

    $2.27$2.69
  • Bead Head Flashback Pheasant Tail

    $2.25
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    Bead Head Zebra Midge (Black)

    $1.85
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    Beef Curtain Articulated Streamer

    $3.69
  • BH Batman Nymph Purple

    $1.85
  • BH Pheasant Tail

    $1.59$1.85
  • BH Prince Nymph

    $1.61$1.85
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    BH Woolly Bugger

    $1.85
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    BH Woolly Bugger Assortment

    $9.00
  • Bjorn’s Baddest Caddis

    $2.25
  • Bunny Buster

    $2.69
  • Caddis Pupa

    $1.88$2.25
  • Caddis Soft Hackle Nymph

    $1.59$1.85
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    Champion’s Split-Back Sulphur

    $2.25
  • Champion’s Tungsten Partridge Sulphur

    $2.25
  • Clouser Minnow

    $2.69
  • Cone Head Muddler Marabou

    $2.25
  • Cone Head Woolly Bugger

    $2.25
  • Copper John

    $1.85
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    Copper John Assortment

    $9.00
  • Donkey Stone Dark

    $2.25
  • Dragon Tail Streamer

    $8.00
  • Dusty’s Black Soft Hackle

    $2.25
  • Dusty’s Olive Pearl Soft Hackle

    $2.25
  • Dusty’s Orange Pearl Soft Hackle

    $2.25
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    Euro Empty Pockets Nymph

    $1.98$2.25
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    Euro Peek-a-boo Caddis Jig Nymph

    $2.25
  • Euro Rubber Prince

    $2.25
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    Euro Tungsten Missile Nymph

    $2.25
  • Firebead Sparkle Worm

    $1.87$2.25
  • Griffith’s Gnat

    $1.54$1.69
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    Hare Ear Bead Head

    $1.85
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    Holly’s Euro Pink Rabbit Jig Nymph

    $2.25
  • Hot Bead Euro Pheasant Tail

    $1.69$2.25
  • Lite Brite Zonker

    $2.25

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