Do You Use Real Flies for Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is an ancient form of fishing that uses artificial or natural lures (flies) to catch fish. There are a variety of different types of flies that can be used for fly fishing, ranging from simple streamer patterns to complex nymph patterns. The debate as to which type of flies is best for fly fishing has been ongoing for many years, but the most important factor in deciding what type of flies to use should be the type of fish that you are Targeting.

Real flies are often thought to be the most effective when it comes to fly fishing because they closely mimic the food sources that natural aquatic insects feed on. This makes it easier for the fish to identify and strike at them.

Additionally, real flies come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, so anglers can choose the one that best suits their Target species. Real flies also tend to float better on the water’s surface and can move more naturally through the water, making them even more attractive to fish.

Synthetic or artificial flies are another option for fly fishing. These lures are less expensive than natural ones and are often easier to find in stores.

Additionally, they come in a variety of sizes and colors which makes them ideal for Targeting different types of fish. While these lures may not have all the realism found in real flies, they can still be very effective if used properly.

Ultimately, it depends on what type of fish you’re Targeting and what conditions you’re fishing in as to whether you should use real or synthetic flies for your fly fishing trips. Neither type is necessarily better than the other; it’s simply a matter of personal preference.


In conclusion, whether you choose to use real or synthetic flies for your fly fishing trips depends largely on your Target species and conditions you’re fishing in. Ultimately, it’s up to personal preference as both types can be effective when used correctly.

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Michael Allen