Top 5 Late Summer Flies

Go-To Patterns for Late Summer

Summer Cutthroat
With summer heading out, we decided to review our fly boxes and select the top 5 patterns that we've been using this month and going into September as we target trout in both rivers and streams. Click each image or the fly name to see the video tutorial.

It comes as no surprise one of our best-producing later-summer patterns is from Lance Egan. But seriously the Bionic Ant is a pattern that should be in all summer fly boxes. We done well with it on lakes and rivers alike. Easy to tie.

Hook: TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook - 12 - 25 Pack
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Black
Body: Foam Ant Bodies - Black - Large
Wing: Para Post Wing Material - Cinnamon Caddis
Legs: Daddy Long Legs - Black
Hackle: Whiting Saddle Hackles - Coachman Brown

Other tools from the tutorial:

Tiemco Hackle Pliers - Standard

Even as summer dies down, there are still lots of caddis. But this time of year, you may need to hone your imitation a bit more. The Palomino both floats well and acts as a great imitation -- even in slow water.

Hook: Daiichi 1130 - Light Wire Scud Hook - 14
Thread: MFC Premium Fly Tying Thread - Rusty Brown - 6/0
Flash: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - Medium
Body: Ultra Chenille - Worm Brown
Underwing: Polish CDC - Gray
Wing: Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk - Natural
Dubbing: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Cinnamon Caddis

Big things come in small packages. We're (Cheech, Brandon and I) are finding that this simple little nymph is great for high pressured waters where you need to get down fast and still offer good imitation for the naturals.

Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 16
Bead: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive
Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 3/32" (2.3mm)
Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Medium Pardo
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Sculpin Olive - Brassie
Hot Spot: Ice Dub - UV Pink

Other tools from the tutorial:

Dr. Slick Tungsten Carbide All Purpose Scissors, 4"
Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow
Loon UV Infiniti Light

As the summer goes on, damsels can become less of a fixture on lakes and reservoirs. Fish can also get a little picky in both imitation as well as presentation. This little damsel offers both. It's a good imitation that can be placed lightly in front of feeding trout, even in more shallow water.


Hook: Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless - 12
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive
Tail: Grizzly Marabou - Olive
Body: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Olive
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Gold - Small
Body: Pearl Tinsel - Medium
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Amber - Small
Thorax: Ice Dub - Pheasant Tail
Hot Spot: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp Pink
Wing Case: Thin Skin - Olive     
Legs: Nature's Spirit Premium Partridge - Olive
Wing Case Covering: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Eyes: Melted 25 lb Monofilament

Other tools from the tutorial:

Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers
Tiemco Dual Whip Finisher

Although mice patterns can be deadly most any time of year, as summer winds down and we move into fall, trout start to key on streamers and also mice. This is the mini version of its bigger brother and works a bit better on pressured waters or smaller waters where you need to raise a ruckus but want a smaller offering.

Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 4
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier - Black
Body/Tail: Pine Squirrel Skin - Zonked - Natural
Tail Support: Maxima Leader Material - Clear - 20 lb
Back: Fly Tying Foam - 3mm - Black
Legs: Silicone Flutter Legs - Tan
Head: Double Barrel Popper Bodies - Black - Extra Small
Head Finish: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)
Head Finish 2: Loon Soft Head - Clear

Other tools from the tutorial:

Loon Ergo Bobbin
Loon UV Infiniti Light
Loon Ergo Quick Cut Whip Finisher
Renzetti Short Serrated Scissors
Fly Tyer's Z-Ment