The following flies are some I used on the lake and some on the tailraces I fish. I always have flies in reserve that I don't put into the fly boxes until I am running low on a particular fly. I don't tie my flies so I order everything I use which comes packed nicely in small boxes. I keep saying I am going to take a fly tying class, but there never seems to be enough time. I am usually on the water at least 3 days a week, and the rest of the week is taken up with gym and chores.
A lot of the patterns listed below would work most anywhere in the U.S. and a lot of these flies are common in most fly boxes. There are some flies not mentioned here that would be a must for individuals who live out west or in the eastern part of the U.S. So take a look and see what you think, and I welcome any additions.
1. Olive wooly bugger ----Warmwater & coldwater
2. Black wooly bugger ---Warmwater & coldwater
3. Grasshopper (yellow body) ---Warmwater & coldwater
4. Purple wooly bugger---Warmwater & coldwater
5. Brown Wooly bugger----Warmwater & coldwater
6. Flashback pheasant tail nymphs
7. Copper john
8. Prince nymph
9. Variety of Large Poppers for Smallmouth, Spotted Bass, and Largemouth
11. Beadhead Hairs Ear
12. Soft hackle streamers
13. Griffiths Gnat
14. Adams dry flies
15. Clouser Minnow--warm water and cold water fishing
16. Variety of small poppers and nymphs--Warmwater fishing
17. Beadhead Bouface Brown
18. Zebra midges in the Firebuy variety a dozen different colors new on the market
19. Bluewing olive dry fly
20. San Juan Worm--different colors
Notice I didn't mention sizes because that can vary depending on the region.