What Flies Do You Use for Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is one of the oldest forms of angling, and can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors. There are a variety of different flies that can be used for fly fishing, each designed for different types of fish and different water conditions. Knowing what flies to use can help you catch more fish and have more success on the water.

Wet Flies are a type of fly that are traditionally fished below the surface. They are designed to imitate small aquatic insects, and often feature hackles or fur to help them float. Wet flies are often used in slower moving pools or rivers, and can be effective in both clear and murky water.

Dry Flies are used on the surface of the water, and are designed to imitate adult insects. The hackles on these flies help them float on top of the water, making them visible to fish beneath. Dry flies can be used in any kind of water condition, but they work best in clear, slow-moving streams where visibility is good.

Nymphs are another type of fly that are fished below the surface. These flies imitate immature aquatic insects, and they often feature peacock herl or other materials that make them sink slowly. Nymphs can be used in both fast-moving rivers as well as still waters.

Streamer Flies are large flies that imitate baitfish or other small prey items. Streamer flies often feature bright colors and flash materials, which attract predatory fish from a distance. Streamers can be effective in both fast-moving rivers as well as still waters.


Fly fishing requires knowledge of different types of flies and when to use them for different conditions. Wet flies are designed for slower moving pools or rivers; dry flies for clear streams with good visibility; nymphs for fast-moving rivers as well as still waters; and streamers for predatory fish from a distance in fast-moving rivers or still waters. Knowing which type of fly to use will help you optimize your chances at catching more fish while out fly fishing!

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Emma Gibson