Grouping Flies

Over the years, I have enjoyed tying many different flies and filling many fly boxes. Each year, I reorganize the flies into groups that make sense to me when I go fishing. I organize my boxes according to fishing location, grouping the flies that I know are effective at a particular location. New members often ask me the types of flies I use for a particular location. Ask a dozen members and you will get a dozen different answers with their recommended fly selections.
For those who are new to fly fishing, I recommend using a small assortment. Here are a few that I would consider. They are available at just about any fly shop and are easy to tie:
Cold water lakes:
  • Woolly Worms (black, olive, and dark brown) in #10,
  • Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail in #12,
  • Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear in #12, Prince Nymph in #12,
  • Royal Coachman Dry in #14,
  • Elk Hair Caddis in #14,
  • and a standard Pheasant Tail Nymph in #16 (fished behind the Royal Coachman Dry or Elk Hair Caddis when fishing for rising trout).
Arizona small streams: 
  • Royal Coachman in #14,
  • Adams in #14,
  • Elk Hair Caddis dry flies in #14,
  • un-weighted Pheasant Tail in #14,
  • Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear in #14,
  • and a Bead Head Prince Nymph in #14.