That famous guy over at Orvis, Tom Rosenbauer, has compiled a list of what he considers 12 essential trout flies and I certainly am in no position to disagree with him, nor do I. That said, I wanted to see if I could narrow it down even further to help beginners cut through some of the noise. This list is for warm water species like bass & panfish. Relative to fly size, this list assumes most beginners are fishing a 5 or 6wt rod. If you have a 6wt, you can even go up in size a bit to target larger bass.
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