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Flies For Fly Fishing
There are literally thousands of different types of flies for fly fishing.
When most people think of fly fishing, the image of standing in a river or
stream somewhere is usually what first comes to mind. But the fact of the
matter is, fly fishing can be done in almost any type of water, including salt
water. Although the principal is the same, the flies that are used are entirely
Flies for fly fishing in freshwater, are usually created in order to mimic
certain aquatic insects and a variety of other bugs. Things like mayflies,
caddisflies, and stoneflies, are all aquatic insects that seasoned fly fisherman
dream about. Fishing flies such as Adams
, Elk Hair Caddis, and Pheasant
Tails, and Hares Ears, all do a great job at representing these insects. Found
all year round, these “bugs” make up the majority of a fish’s diet, and are
what most fly fisherman choose to mimic when selecting a fly to fish with.
Other insects such as mosquitoes, bees, caterpillars, and moths, are what are
known as terrestrials. More common during the late summer months, these
bugs live around water, as opposed to in it, and can provide a large amount
of protein that fish really desire. When there are no bugs to be found, most
anglers will choose a streamer fly for fly fishing. Streamers are any type of
fly that imitates a baitfish, crayfish, or leech. Typically, they are larger than
those used to represent insects, and more often than not, fly fishing with one
will result in catching larger sized fish. Matukas, Woolly Buggers, and
Zonkers are among the most popular of streamer flies.
Flies for fly fishing in saltwater, are designed to mimic things like crabs,
shrimp, and a variety of saltwater baitfish. With names like Crazy Charlie’s,
Christmas Island Specials, and Clouser Minnows, these flies are usually a lot
more exotic than freshwater flies. They always seem to be brighter in color,
and tied with a lot more flash. Saltwater fish, on average, are bigger and
stronger than ones found in freshwater. They usually have large teeth and
powerful jaws used to devour their prey. Because of this, most flies for fly
fishing in saltwater, are tied on heavy-duty hooks that are corrosion resistant,
and able to handle the power that saltwater fish possess.
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