Trout Flies For Brown & Rainbow Trout

Whatever your trout fly preferences, you may be a G E M Skues' fan, one of the dry fly purists who fishes on chalkstreams from March to October (depending on local byelaws) or you may be a river fisherman, ardent follows of F M Halford who clashed with the dry fly purists, described by Tony Hayter as The Man of The Nymph and avid user of trout nymphs. Alternatively you may fish for Rainbows on lakes all year. Whatever your fly fishing preference you will find a deadly range of trout flies at stunning value backed by our best value for money and quality service. We guarantee you will be satisfied, don't take our word for it, read the reviews by thousands of fellow fly fishermen.


Specialists in Flies, Tackle & Fly Tying

The Essential Fly is a leading supplier of gear for fly fishermen, rainbow & brown trout flies, salmon flies and flies for every species from our massive selection. Fly tying materials and tools to satisfy every fly tyers needs. With tackle from Greys to Wychwood, from fly rods to waders, luggage and all of the accessories you will need.

We have won awards for customer service and believe in value and quality. Check our reviews from thousands of customers all around the world. Having delivered to over 50 countries from homes to fishing lodges for that last minute requirement.










Trout Fly Patterns Online


Our Quality Flies Range - Ideal Brown & Rainbow Trout Flies For Sale

We have a huge range of  trout flies in stock. With over 1700 Brown and Rainbow Trout fly patterns in sizes 2 to size 24 with a choice of barbless or barbed fly patterns you will find what you need for Rainbows, Brown and all types of fly fishing. Our micro flies for section has one of the largest range of commercial micro dry flies available in sizes 18 to size 22. We have complete fly selection packs and help advise fly fishermen to select the correct flies for the time of year and hatches available.

Constant innovation & testing by our professional fly tyers including Sandy Dickson and Jerry Lee ensure new patterns such as Blank Buster Buzzers catch lots of trout for you! While you may buy cheap trout flies elsewhere we prefer good quality flies that will last not cheap flies that fall to bit first cast! Our worldwide delivery, quality & service has been praised by fly fishermen, check the latest reviews.

Explore our store by Trout fly type below. We have stunning trout buzzers, dry flies, wet flies including traditional styles like north country spider patterns and modern fly patterns, trout lures and of course streamer flies. You will find amazing and deadly patterns.

Choosing Stillwater Rainbow Trout Flies

Stillwater Rainbow Trout flies can be vibrant patterns to stimulate aggression. A stillwater fly for Rainbows could be bright and vibrant like a Blob fly which can be really colourful or it can be trout buzzers that matches the natural midge pupae coming to the surface to emerger. When we design a fly for Rainbows we are working on the basis that the fish is so aggressive that it could hit the fishing fly either because it is bright and vibrant or it matches natural foods found in the Rainbow Trout's lake or river habitat. Check our range of Flies for Rainbow Trout

Selecting River Brown Trout Flies

This trout is much more selective over the flies as Brown Trout these generally match the naturals like imitative small fish patterns or Pheasant Tail Nymphs which look like Baetis nymphs (early stage of River and Lake Olives). Alternatively we can use suggestive fly patterns. A Fly for Brown Trout that is suggestive could be a Gold Ribbed Hares Ear which does not match anything under the water but looks 'buggy', it looks like the typical grubs and nymphs found under the water. See out article on Brown trout flies for more details

Which are the best Rainbow & Brown Trout Fly Patterns To Use?

Asked by every fisherman and the best trout fly pattern to use varies by day, weather and venue. We produce hatch charts monthly for you to look at what fishing flies will match the hatch and recommend troutflies from our expert knowledge if you are going to a specific venue. Feel free to contact us an talk to our team of experts who will be happy to advise you and assist in your fly selection.

Fly Types

In broadest terms, flies are categorized as either imitative or attractor. Imitative fly fishing flies resemble natural food items. Attractor fly fishing flies trigger instinctive strikes by employing a range of characteristics that do not necessarily mimic prey items. Fly fishing flies can be fished floating on the surface (dry flies), partially submerged (emergers), or below the surface (nymphs, streamers, and wet flies.) A dry fly is typically thought to represent an insect landing on, falling on (terrestrials), or emerging from, the water's surface as might a grasshopper, dragonfly, mayfly, ant, beetle, stonefly or caddis fly. Other surface flies include poppers and hair bugs that might resemble mice, frogs, etc. Sub-surface flies are designed to resemble a wide variety of prey including aquatic insect larvae, nymphs and pupae, baitfish, crayfish, leeches, worms, etc. Wet flies, also known as streamers, are generally thought to imitate minnows, leeches or scuds.

Latest Products

Nano Silk 200 Denier 3/0 Black

Nano Silk 200 Denier 3/0 Black£2.25   £1.91

Nano Silk 200 Denier 3/0 White

Nano Silk 200 Denier 3/0 White£2.25   £1.91

Barbless Marsden Mohican Collection

Barbless Marsden Mohican Collection£15.00   £12.00

Petitjean CDC Hackle Pliers

Petitjean CDC Hackle Pliers£29.99   £25.49

Our Facebook Page Our Flikr Page Our YouTube Channel Visit Our Google Plus Pages Our LinkedIn Page Our Twitter Feed