If we could only fish two nymph patterns for the rest of our days on the water, one would be a Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, and the second would be the Flashback Pheasant Tail. This generalist nymph pattern is close enough in profile and color to a host of invertebrate species that - when fished in a number of sizes - can be used to effectively imitate almost any mayfly or stonefly nymph.
Fly Category: Generalist Pattern
Family: Mayflies, Stoneflies
Species: Blue Quill, Blue Winged Olive, Caenidae (Angler's Curse), Hendrickson, March Brown, Red Quill, Pale Morning Dun, Pale Evening Dun, Sulphur, Skwala, Golden Stonefly, Early Brown Stonefly, Chloroperlidae, Little Yellow Stonefly, Damsel Nymph, Dragon Fly Nymph
Life Stage: Nymph