What Flies Do I Have Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is a beloved activity that many anglers take part in all over the world. It’s a peaceful and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and can be quite rewarding when you’re lucky enough to catch a few fish. But to be successful at fly fishing, you will need the right flies. This means understanding which flies are best for each type of fish you may be Targeting.

When it comes to choosing the right flies for your next fly fishing trip, the first thing you should consider is where you will be fishing. For example, river or stream fishing typically calls for nymphs with weighted bodies and bead heads to help them sink into the water column and get in front of the fish.

Alternatively, if you’re fishing in a lake or pond, dry flies can be used more effectively as they will float on top of the water and attract fish from below.

Next, consider what type of fish you may encounter during your trip. Different species respond best to different types of fly patterns. Commonly fished species such as Trout and Bass tend to take dry flies or streamers depending on their feeding habits at the time of year. On the other hand, species like Panfish or Carp prefer live bait such as worms or crickets presented on nymphs or dry flies.

Finally, think about how active your intended Target species are at that particular time of year. In general, cold-water fish like Trout become more active in warmer months while warm-water species like Bass become more active in cooler months. Knowing what temperature range your Target species prefer can help narrow down which types of flies will work best for catching them.


Choosing the right flies for fly fishing can seem daunting but with some knowledge about where you are fishing and what kind of fish you might encounter during your trip, it becomes much easier to decide which ones you need for success. Be sure to consider where you are fishing, what type of fish are present there, and what their activity levels are like at that particular time of year when deciding which flies to use.

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Michael Allen