My Top Five Trout Flies Gary Borger
The Complete Fly Fisherman|April/May 2019
My Top Five Trout Flies Gary Borger

If I could only have one fly for all fish, this would be the one. I tie it in a wide range of sizes.

1. STRIP LEECH

Two colours are sufficient: black mink Zonker style wing with a fuzzy black body, a spun fur head and a chartreuse marabou undertail; and silver mink Zonker-style wing with Crystal Chenille body, spun silver mink head and Crystal Flash undertail. It can be fished dead-drift like a nymph, or with all the usual retrieval tactics. It has taken a wide variety of cold water, warm water and salt water species from Alaska to Patagonia, Georgia to Montana, Canada to Russia, the Bahamas to the Yucatan. It will always hold a prominent place in my fly boxes.

2. HAIR LEG GRHE

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April/May 2019