Fly Fishing Colorado: Go To Winter Fly Patterns

When I think of my winter fly box I get depressed. A bunch of tiny flies my eyes can barely. Midges, Midges and Midges. Then of course there are the eggs. The standard setup you will see on a guides rod this time of year is a bobber, a weight and egg trailed by a midge. This setup works very well and I am sure I have a rod rigged with that setup right now. But if you are looking for something a little different look for these few patterns next time you’re in the shop.

The Decisions
The Decisions

Number one the Micro May. This little guy rocks on those warmer winter days when the water temps warm up. If you fish over on the Roaring Fork River you know exactly what I am talking about. The micro may is an excellent lead fly. Trail a Midge Emerger behind it and watch your bobber dance.


Number two Roy Palms Special Emerger. Fish it wet or fish it dry. This goofy looking little fella with an orange shuck has put dollar bills in my pocket. Originally designed for the Frying Pan River but works everywhere.


Number Three RS2. If you don’t have any of these in your box stop reading now and go buy them. Black, Grey or Olive this is a fly I buy or tie by the dozens. A simple bug but very very effective on tailwater and freestone rivers alike.



These flies are not in specific order just how they came to mind. They are all good flies and ones that I always have in my box. Next time you are shopping for Colorado Winter Flies throw some of the above in your fly box. You will not be disappointed.

6 thoughts on “Fly Fishing Colorado: Go To Winter Fly Patterns”

  1. Dennis, There are a few online for the Roy Palms Special Emerger Recipe. I found this on Fly Rod and Reel.
    Hook: Mustad 79580 (or equivalent) size 16, 18, 20, 22
    Thread: Danville’s 6/0, color to match body
    Body: Dyed wild turkey or wild goose biot. Black, dun, olive, cream and tan will cover most of your needs.
    Thorax: Small ball of medium-gray rabbit fur.
    Hackle: Two turns of medium-dun hen hackle.

    This is my favorite fly pattern for tough tailwater trout that can be extremely picky. Thanks for dropping in.

    1. Thanks,

      This pattern does not include the orange shuck and is not much like the one in the picture or like the ones I bought at Taylor Creek in CO.

      The one I have looks more like
      shuck: orange antron
      body: adams gray dubbing
      wing: some white synthetic tied in with the shuck and pulled up over the whole dubbed body, kind of like a bubble emerger but with the wing tied down behind the hackle.
      hackle: few turns of dark gray

      I was mostly wondering what to use for the wing.


      1. I think it is the same material as the tail. Antron maybe. I will investigate further and see what I find.

  2. Thanks There are probably a variety of things I could use like poly-fluff, antron, Hi-Vix, Polypropelene, organza, or even some wool yarn.

    1. I spoke with a friend of mine who ties these regularly and he uses Antron for the tail and wing. Have fun it is a deadly pattern.

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