What Is a Wet Fly in Fishing?

A wet fly is a type of fishing lure that is designed to imitate a natural insect or baitfish that lives in the water. Wet flies can be used for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, and are particularly popular for trout fishing. Wet flies come in a variety of styles and sizes, and can be fished on the surface or below the surface.

One of the most common types of wet flies is known as a nymph. A nymph is designed to imitate the immature stages of an aquatic insect before it hatches and emerges from its larval form.

Nymphs are usually weighted so that they sink slowly to the bottom, imitating an insect’s natural behavior. They can be fished with slow retrieves or with a “strike indicator” system, which uses an attached bobber to detect strikes.

Another popular type of wet fly is called a streamer. Streamers are designed to imitate baitfish such as minnows or shad, and are usually fished on the surface or just under the surface. Streamers usually have brightly colored feathers or other materials tied onto them, making them more visible to fish in murky waters.

Wet flies can also be used for salmon fishing, where they are often referred to as “flies.” These flies are usually large in size and bright in color, making them easier for salmon to see when they’re feeding. Flies can also be used when trolling for salmon.

Wet flies are versatile lures that can be used for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. They come in a variety of styles such as nymphs and streamers, which imitate insects or baitfish depending on their design. Wet flies are essential pieces of tackle for any angler who wants to catch more fish!

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Lindsay Collins