All About Fly Fishing Flies

fly fishing flies

There exist various lures which use depends on the chosen angling style and tactics. Anglers who prefer fly fishing tend to use artificial flies since these have many advantages: they can be used many times, they can be of any shape and color and they do work! Fly fishing flies resemble insects which make up fish menu or may also have a shape of a small fish (minnows). In this article we would like to touch upon a brief history of flies and describe various types of lures as well as share useful information regarding their use.

Fly Fishing Flies Types

First written record dealing with artificial flies dates back to A.D. 200. The “Aelian’s Natural History” includes parts describing fly fishing technique. Ancient people used homemade flies made of wool and feathers to attract desired fish. Since that time using flies has become one of the most popular methods of angling.

Fishing market nowadays can offer a wide range of flies meeting the most demanding fishermen requirements. However, selecting proper flies can turn into a real test for those who are unfamiliar with angling tackles. So, let’s determine the most popular types of flies according to different criteria:

  1. Material. Depending on what is being imitated various materials can be used. As a rule the fly construction includes a hook and pieces of materials wrapped around its shaft. The most widespread flies are made of feathers, wool, fur and animal hair and silk.
  2. Method. Fly fishing flies can be divided into two major types: wet and dry. The latter are used on the water surface – they keep floating attracting fish attention. These are made of buoyant materials. The former imitate natural adult insects which land on the water, drown and then sink down. There are also nymph flies, which imitate the underwater phase of insect’s life. These are very easy to tie and are usually used closer to the river or lake bottom. Unlike nymphs, streamer flies resemble small fish and are usually made of long stands of artificial or natural fibers and as a rule are larger than other fly types.

Creating Homemade Flies

If you can’t find a fly which will meet all of our requirements or you simply want to save money, you can easily create your own lure. For this we recommend you to read some tutorials or to review several video lessons many of which are available online for free. Decide on the type: wet or dry, streamer or a nymph etc. Once you have a design of the fly of your dream you can unhesitatingly go shopping for materials. When you have all the materials at your fingertips, follow the instruction given in the video or tutorial. Be patient and creative in order to succeed.

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