Unicoi Outfitters is north Georgia's premier guide service and fly fishing outfitter, located on the Chattahoochee River near alpine Helen. Look for fishing reports, gear and book reviews, and general musings here from our staff and guides.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Top December Trout Bugs

Thanks for your great responses to our November 30 Facebook/Instagram question, “what are your top 3 trout flies for December?” Your tips on our pages will lead up-and-coming trouters toward some chilly-water success.

Let’s add to the holiday intel. I went ahead and polled our staff and our equally addicted fishing friends, and their responses are listed below.

UO owner Jimmy: Pat’s rubberlegs. bead head prince, soft hackle pheasant tail.

UO manager Jake: little black stonefly nymph, root beer midge, micro mayfly nymph.

UO assistant manager Wes: root beer midge, Frenchie, parachute BWO (for midday hatches)

UO teammate Joseph: Micro mayfly nymph, ruby midge, soft hackle pheasant tail 

UO teammate Dredger: brown Pat’s rubberlegs, apricot egg, sexy Walts worm.

UO friend Splatek: Pheasant tail nymph, hares ear  nymph, squirmy worm.

UO friend Landon: Hard to beat an egg, a mohair leech, and a size 18 or 20 pheasant tail for me.

UO friend Sautee: Mohair leech, hare’s ear, pheasant tail. 

UO friend RonW: apricot or peach egg, dark cdc nymph, black stonefly nymph.

UO friend Athens Jay: apricot egg, sexy Walts worm, soft hackle pheasant tail.

We hope this list gives you some good ideas on stocking your own box for the early winter season.  Go low and slow with these proven bugs during the midday warmth and have some fun over the holidays. Don’t forget a few blue wing olive dries, too, in case Santa tosses a few afternoon risers your way.  Good luck! Give us a shout if we can help you stock your winter box.

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