1. Tungsten 20 Incher Nymph
High, off-color spring waters can make for tough fishing, but with a heavy tungsten cone and rubber legs, the Tungsten 20 incher nymph gets deep and provides a substantial offering to lethargic trout.
2. Otter's Soft Milk Egg
Both rainbow and cutthroat trout spawn in the spring. When they do, their eggs enter the river and become an easy source of food for brown trout. Otter's Soft Egg is the perfect representation of an egg cluster.
3. Tungsten Zebra Midge
A must-have fly any month of the year, the Zebra Midge is particularly effective early in the season before the major mayfly and caddis hatches get started. A small, red Zebra midge can sometimes save the day on tailwater fisheries.
4. Beadhead San Juan Worm
When spring river flows get high, worms are often displaced from the bank and trout take notice. Fished under an indicator, the basic San Juan worm can be deadly.
5. Coffey's Conehead Sparkle Minnow
Looking for one big fish rather than numbers? The Sparkle minnow is big, flashy and gets deep fast. You can swing it, strip it or dead-drift it in search of big, early season brown trout.
6. Jumbo John Nymph
Most freestone rivers have healthy population of big stonefly nymphs. Boasting rubber legs, flash and a heavy wire body, the Jumbo John offers a great alternative to your standard stonefly nymph.
7. Beadhead Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph
The Pheasant Tail nymph catches trout everywhere, all year long. During the spring, it's an especially valuable pattern that matches Baetis (Blue Winged Olive) nymphs perfectly. Try fishing one in a size 16 or 18 prior to the main hatch.
8. The Fly Formerly Known as Prince Nymph
How do you improve upon a classic? Add a beadhead and a flashy, holographic wing. This fly gets to where trout are lurking and the added flash helps to catch their attention through stained water.
Scuds are a year-round food source in tailwaters and spring creeks. Fished on a dead-drift, a scud will often keep your rod bent.
10. Parachute Dry Fly
Hendricksons on the Delaware River? Blue Winged olives on the South Platte? Sulphurs on the South Holston? If you plan on fishing any mayfly hatches, you should have some of these in your fly box. A basic parachute dry fly fools fish and stays visible to the angler.