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  1. ParadrakeTan, Fly Fishing Flies, Dry Flies. Discount flies at theflystop.com. High Resolution.

    Paradrake,Tan

    Paradrake,Tan

    Starting at: $1.03

  2. Paraquad, Adams

    Paraquad, Adams

    Paraquad, Adams

    Starting at: $0.92

  3. Paraquad, Chartreuse

    Paraquad, Chartreuse

    Paraquad, Chartreuse

    Starting at: $0.92

  4. Paraquad, Cream

    Paraquad, Cream

    Paraquad, Cream

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  5. Paraquad, Orange

    Paraquad, Orange

    Paraquad, Orange

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  6. Paraquad, Purple

    Paraquad, Purple

    Paraquad, Purple

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  7. Paraquad, Red

    Paraquad, Red

    Paraquad, Red

    Starting at: $0.92

  8. Pheasant Tail, Parachute

    Pheasant Tail, Parachute

    Parachute Pheasant Tail: This fly is just like the Pheasant Tail nymph, an excellent, general go-to pattern. It represents a little bit of everything and nothing in particular, making it an excellent searching pattern.

    Starting at: $0.92

  9. Pink Albert, Parachute

    Pink Albert, Parachute

    Parachute Pink Albert: A famous pattern used in many areas out West. This is also a great general attractor pattern, that is known to peek the interest of many trout.

    Starting at: $0.92

  10. Pink Cahill

    Pink Cahill

    Pink Cahill: A great dry fly pattern that will also serve as an attractor or a match for a Light Hendrickson.

    Starting at: $0.92

  11. Pink Cahill, Parachute

    Pink Cahill, Parachute

    Pink Cahill, Parachute

    Starting at: $0.92

  12. Quill Gordon

    Quill Gordon

    Quill Gordon: Another classic dry fly that has proven its worth over the years. An excellent match for this early season hatch, epsecially in the Eastern United States.

    Starting at: $0.92

  13. Quill Gordon, Parachute

    Quill Gordon, Parachute

    Quill Gordon, Parachute

    Starting at: $0.92

  14. Red Quill

    Red Quill

    Red Quill: A classic dry fly pattern that has been around for decades. A great choice for early season hatches.

    Starting at: $0.92

  15. Red Quill, Parachute

    Red Quill, Parachute

    Red Quill, Parachute

    Starting at: $0.92

  16. Silhouette Black/Dun

    Silhouette Black/Dun

    Silhouette Black/Dun

    Starting at: $0.92

  17. Silhouette Dun, Black

    Silhouette Dun, Black

    Silhouette Dun, Black

    Starting at: $0.92

  18. Silhouette Dun, Grey

    Silhouette Dun, Grey

    Silhouette Dun, Grey

    Starting at: $0.92

  19. Silhouette Dun, Olive

    Silhouette Dun, Olive

    Silhouette Dun, Olive

    Starting at: $0.92

  20. Silhouette Dun, Tan

    Silhouette Dun, Tan

    Silhouette Dun, Tan

    Starting at: $0.92

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Mayfly dry fly are arguably the most elegant insects of the fly fishing world. They vary in size and color and are a staple in the trout’s diet. As fly fisherman, mayfly fly patterns frequently fall upon in our fly boxes throughout the year.

Mayfly fly patterns have 2 wings that sit vertical, and have transparency to them and often detailed designs. Adult mayflies are most often fished and easily identified via terrestrial flies. They will have their wings intact and will be floating well on the water. Though the mayfly dry fly spends little time on the water, this stage is the most popular dry flies for fly fishing on most rivers. If you get down to the fishes’ level on the river on a cloudy day, you will see a lot of these on the water and heads popping and slurping them down just as quickly. Mayfly fly hatches can happen anytime of the day, though morning and evening are often the most prolific.

One mayfly fly that stands out among the rest is the all-knowing BWO, or baetis. This mayfly fly pattern can be imitated with various fly selections. The Adams is a very well-known mayfly fly that imitates this mayfly well, amongst many other. These are a very dominant bug in the western states.

The mayfly fly offer year-round dry fly fishing and are located across the world. Some of the most prolific hatches are mayfly dry fly. Baetis will hatch year-round giving mayfly dry fly patterns a necessary place in your box anytime you’re on the water, try a Baetis Zinger or Blue Wing Olive Parachute flies to imitate them. In the spring and summer, you have dozens of different species that hatch. If it weren’t for mayflies, entomology would really be rather simple. Mayflies hatch at all different times of the year, the nymphs can look pretty different from species to species and they vary greatly in size. It’s best to refer to local hatch charts and talk to local fly shops on the rivers you plan to fish to discover what mayfly fly may be hatching at any given time of the year. Always good to have a wide assortment of mayfly fly patterns on hand, meaning size, shape and color. For the mayfly, the sailboat like wings are the key to identifying it’s a mayfly fly. They are delicate, slow flying and beautiful. Though identifying the species from each other can be more of a challenge, mayflies themselves are likely the easiest dry fly to identify. A spinner (dead dry fly like Trico Spinner) will often have the wings laid out to the sides on the water.