What’s not to love about summer fly fishing? The weather is nice, the water is warm enough to wet wade, cold beers never tasted better, the trout are active and bug life is booming. All those things are nice, but if we had to pick, we’d say that our favorite thing about summer is the number of hatches that occur. Summer is the season of opportunity where the trout are less selective and most flies in your box seem to work. Along with the emergence of terrestrials, most rivers and creeks in Colorado will experience a variety of mayfly, caddis and stonefly hatches throughout the summer months. As a result, it’s hard to select a bad fly, but to help you narrow your selection, here are our top eight flies for summer. 

Dry Flies:

Parachute AdamsThe Parachute Adams is an incredible dry fly that is deadly year-round. Its primary use is to imitate mayflies, but if you’re in a pinch, it can imitate midges and caddis. However, cross species imitation will require you to vary the hook size. If y...

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