I have done some soul searching and fly searching for the Top Twelve Flies to always have in my trout fly box. Many thanks to John Giearach.
Here my top twelve list for the majority of trout fishing on small to medium western streams:
Standard Adams Dry size: 12-18
Elk Hair Caddis Light: 12-18
Elk Hair Caddis Dark: 12-18
Hopper (Tan, Olive, Natural): 6-12
Ant Dry: 14-20
Midge Dry: 18-22
Royal Wulff Dry: 12-20
Soft Hairs Ear: 12-18
Pheasant Tail Nymph: 12-18
Beadhead Prince Nymph (Tungsten Beadhead): 12-20
Muddler Minnow (at the last resort): 8
Stonefly Nymph (Black, Golden, Yellow): 8-14
The beauty of this list is that it can all fit into a small fly box that can easily fit into a shirt pocket. Live and Play Simply.
Never leave home without em.
What's your go-to flies?