11 Must Have Trout Flies for BC Rivers

With so many effective patterns available, narrowing down a list of "must have" trout flies for a BC river to 11 is extremely difficult (it actually started as 10 but just had to get one more in).


In this list we hi-light those that we feel you simply cannot go to a river without, with a lengthy list of honorable mentions. Whether you're on the Similkameen, Skagit, Fraser, Chilliwack, Adams, Squamish, or Thompson, these flies catch fish. Although time of year has a massive influence on what to swing, we've compiled a list that should broadly cover the essentials.


If you're looking for flies for BC lakes, you may want to check out our blog post 10 Must Have BC Trout Flies for Lakes.



Wooly Bugger


If the list was down to only 1 fly this would be it. This incredibly versatile fly, looks like nothing, but represents everything. They can be a leech, a minnow, or a stonefly nymph. Better yet, they can just be downright annoying, and for a fish, annoying can be the best lure. If restricted down to colour, olive would be it, but black would not be a bad option either. The colour options are endless too, so don't hold back - white, brown, burgundy, pink, chartreuse, black, and olive to name a few.


Copper John