Basic Info

Minnesota Fly Fishing “The Fly Box”

This is our attempt to give you good selection of flies you should have for catching a variety of species. So you could call this a Multi-Species selection.

Fly fishing is not only about catching trout in a stream, but about catching fish on the fly. Minnesota has many kinds of game fish to pursue, from catching panfish on a small pond, to catching 20 lbs Northern pike in the shallows. It’s your job to figure out how to catch them.

The amount of fly patterns is limitless, but like a lot of things, some flies become known throughout the fly fishing community as fish catchers. Fly tiers create new flies all the time, some to share and some to keep a secret. Many flies become popular in a local area, and then spread to other areas as fly fisherman use them on their local bodies of water.

Learning to tie flies is a great way to enhance your fly fishing experience and knowledge, not to mention a money saving way to keep your fly boxes full. Fly tying is easy, and once you learn to tie a few basic patterns, the techniques you use will carry over to hundreds of other flies. It’s also a nice feeling when you fool a fish into eating something you created. Check out our LINKS page for fly tying websites.

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Minnesota Fly Fishing Flies

  • Hares Ear 10-18: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie )
  • Pheasant Tail 12-18: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie )
  • Prince Nymph 12-16: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie )
  • The Pass Lake 12-16: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Zug Bug 12, 14, 16, 18,: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Pink Squirrel 14-18: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Pink/Orange Scud 14-18: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Caddis Larvae 12-16: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), rockbass
  • Adams 12-16: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Adams Wulff 10-12-14: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), bass (largemouth, smallmouth)
  • Mosquito 14-16-18: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Royal Coachman 14-16-18: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), bass (largemouth,smallmouth)
  • Elk Hair Caddis #12 to #20: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), Bass (largemouth, smallmouth)
  • Dark Hendrickson #14: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Blue-Winged Olive #16 & #18: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Black, Olive Wooly Bugger #8 to #12: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), Bass (largemouth, smallmouth), Northern Pike
  • Wooly Worm #8 to #12: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), Bass (largemouth, smallmouth)
  • Hoppers #10 to #14: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), Bass (largemouth, smallmouth)
  • Ant 12-20: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Yellow Stimulator 6-8-10-12: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie)
  • Muddler Minnow #8 and #10: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), Bass (largemouth, smallmouth), Northern Pike, Walleye!
  • Clouser Minnow 2/0 – 6: Trout, Panfish ( sunfish, bluegill, crappie), Bass (largemouth, smallmouth), Northern Pike
  • Deer Hair Bass Bugs (Poppers) 1/0-1: Bass (largemouth, smallmouth), Northern Pike, Large Brown Trout
  • Dahlberg Diver 2/0 – 1/0 : Trout, Bass (largemouth, smallmouth), Northern Pike, Large Brown Trout
  • Lefty’s Deceiver 4/0 – #2: Large trout, Bass (largemouth, smallmouth), Northern Pike, Large Brown Trout