Understanding the Different Fly Fishing Flies

If you’re trying your hand at fly fishing, you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the hundreds if not thousands of different fly fishing flies available to you. You may also know some experienced anglers that talk about tying their own fly fishing flies and are curious as to what that means. How can you tell the difference between the various types of flies and why are there so many different options? If you understand these simple topics you might realize much more success with your fishing overall.

There are two very basic types of fly fishing flies – the dry fly and the wet fly. Dry flies are meant to just skim over or flit across the surface of the water. They resemble insects that may land briefly on the water, and many varieties of fish are attracted to these insects and feed on them. Dry flies are the lightest of fly fishing flies, and there are many varieties and options with dry flies.

Wet fly fishing flies are meant to submerge slightly under the surface of the water. These will resemble the larva of insects that are hatched underneath the water and which float up; some fish feed on these types of pupa or larva. They may also resemble crustaceans that are underneath the water as well. These wet fly fishing flies are usually a slight bit heavier than dry flies since they need to sink under the water slightly. As with dry flies, there are many different varieties of wet flies and sometimes just a quick glance can tell you what they are and what they are meant to resemble. Some look so much like baby shrimp that it’s hard to tell the difference between the fly and the real thing!

Many anglers have learned how to make and tie their own fly fishing flies simply by using a few bits of material that are available at most fishing supply stores. These materials might include feathers, string, yarn, beads, and so on. Just like you can make your own scrapbooks with bits of material or make up your own model plane with some scraps of wood if you take your time and plan out these projects, you can also make and tie your own fly fishing flies with just a little bit of knowhow and patience.

Understanding what fish are attracted to the various types of fly fishing flies will also help to have more success. If you’re going to be fishing a river with trout or salmon or bass or pike, do a little research as to what flies these fish appreciate. There are also many types of fly fishing flies that are designed specifically for certain varieties of fish so you can get some bass flies or trout flies or something else. With just a little bit of homework and time shopping, you’re sure to pick out the flies that are right for you and that will yield the best catch.