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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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