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.

Winter MIdges: Fly Tying Video

Although it burns my throat to say it, Winter is here bringing dry skin, chapped lips, short days and midges. Although the winter in Colorado is a thousand times better than many other places around the country it can still be long and dreadful at times. But, despite the cold an angler can have some unbelievable days on the water. While most of our freestones can be hit or miss this time of year, Colorado’s Tailwaters allow us to feed the fishing bug all winter long. Fish tend to key in on Midges during this time of year on both tailwaters and freestone rivers alike. These small little morsels can be very abundant at times and fish will gorge themselves on them.

My good friend Bob Streb aka Bobber just put together this short video about tying midge patterns and how to add bling to any basic midge imitation. Bobber is a very good fly tier and comes up with some pretty clever patterns to trick those pesky trout on the Eagle River. Take a peak at this fly tying video and get some ideas for tying midge patterns.