If you go into any fishing tackle shop, you will find a plethora of fly fishing flies. In fact, you might find that the shop has an overwhelming amount of fly fishing flies. It can be hard to know where to even start looking, let alone how to know which flies to buy.

To help you out, here are some basic descriptions of some of the major types of fly fishing flies:

Wet Fly Fishing flies

The flies are supposed to resemble certain insects as they would look beneath the surface of the water. Fish will bite at wet fly fishing flies, thinking that they are drowned insects, aquatic insects, or larvae swimming to the surface to hatch. When using wet flies, you are not necessarily trying to imitate a particular insect or fish, etc. (whereas you are trying to do so when using dry flies or nymphs). Wet fly fishing flies are supposed to imitate insects in motion… they look like they are swimming to the surface or drowning, etc. You do not need perfect technique to fish with wet flies.

Dry Fly Fishing flies

These fly fishing flies are meant to resemble an insect floating on the surface of the water (although, some do not imitate insects, but rather frogs, snakes, or mice, etc.) To keep the fly on the surface of the water, many of them need to be oiled with something like Gink. Some flies rely on the surface tension of the water to float.

Nymph Fly Fishing flies

A nymph resembles an insect living under water. It can also resemble certain larvae. Some nymphs may have added weight to keep it underwater.

Streamer Fly Fishing flies

These types of flies do not resemble insects. Rather, they look like injured fish. If you are fishing for a predatory fish, a streamer fly is a good choice.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background includes teaching and gardening. For more of her articles on fly fishing, please visit Super Fly Fishing.

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