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Trout Flies

Trout flies are used for fly fishing for trout. There are thousands upon thousands of different trout flies, but there are three main categories that these flies fall into. The first category of trout flies is dry flies. These are any type of flies that will float on the surface of the water. Most anglers really enjoy fly-fishing with these types of trout flies, as it provides a very visual way to see the trout eat the fly. Flies such as Adams, Blue Wing Olives, and Elk Hair Caddis, are some of the most commonly known dry flies. Although there are many different varieties of dry flies, most are designed to mimic mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies. However, there are plenty of others that are designed to mimic terrestrials such as grasshoppers, beetles and ants. Although fishing with these types of trout flies can be very visual and exciting, it is however, sometimes not the most practical. 80% of a trout’s diet is consumed under the water, leaving trout to feed on the surface only 20% of the time. This is why nymph fishing is usually most effective. Nymphs, or trout flies that are fished below the surface of the water, are the begging stages of how an adult fly is formed. Typically, nymphs are found in and around the rocks on the bottom of a stream, lake, or river. Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, and Princes are very popular nymph imitations. Most of the time, these types of trout flies will be tied with weight added to them in order to keep the flies near the bottom. The most common of these are bead headed nymphs. Because these flies are fished below the surface of the water and you cannot see when a trout has eaten them, most fly anglers will choose to fish them with a strike indicator, or the equivalent of a bobber if you are familiar with conventional fishing. Basically, it is a float that’s usually made out of yarn or foam, which is designed to go under the water or twitch after a fish has eaten your flies. When this happens, you raise the rod tip high in a quick and deliberate manner, thus embedding the hook into the trout’s mouth. That is where the fun really begins! The third category of trout flies is called streamers. These are flies such as woolly buggers and muddler minnows that are designed to represent leeches, baitfish, and crayfish. These flies are usually cast across the water and either stripped back in, or simply allowed to swing in the current, representing the way that a leech or baitfish would swim. Usually when trout eat these types of trout flies, it is in a very aggressive manor, resulting in a strike that can be felt throughout the entire fly rod. This is a very similar way to fishing a lure with a conventional fishing rod. If you look at trout flies from an artistic standpoint, they are indeed a thing of beauty. Just remember though, sometimes the most ugly and abstract ones, catch all the fish.

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