Re: Best small stream flies?
Hopefully the fish won't be too picky in the mountain streams.
Size 14 and 16's would be a good start for Elk Hair Caddis and Parachute Adams
Size 14 for a foam beetle
Size 14 for a Hare's Ear Nymph
Size 16 for a Pheasant Tail Nymph
Size 12 or 14 for a soft hackle wet fly
Size 8 for a woolly bugger
These sizes would cover a good range of different natural insects you'd probably find in the stream as well as being reasonably easy to tie (You might want to tie a size 20 parachute at some point but you don't want to start there for your first one.) They will also be large enough that small, aggressive trout hopefully won't swallow them, the dries will be easy to see on the water in those sizes, and the hook sizes won't require super light tippets.