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Flies Buyer's Guide
Dry flies imitate a wide range of foods that float on top of the water; this includes mayflies, crickets, midges, grasshoppers, caddisflies and many more. This is the most varied group of flies that you'll be able to find as trout are often very selective in their feeding. If you don’t have the right size, shape and color then you'll get passed over. This is why you'll see a large selection of different dry flies. Having a large assortment of dry flies will allow the savvy fly fisherman to be prepared for whatever feeding conditions they happen upon.
Sinking or wet flies head underwater and represent insects at the larvae stage. Trout feed on nymphs year round, so it's going to be a good idea to have a few different wet flies with you when you head out. These flies can be helpful on a day when dry flies just aren't working or you're looking for something new to use. Either way wet flies are sure to come in handy; every fly fisherman should have a fair variety at their disposal.
These fly patterns are specially designed for still water fly fishing. Each lake has a different feeding style and knowing which patterns have worked in the lake you plan to fish will help you determine which flies to have on hand.
Warm Water Flies
Warm water fly fishing will allow you to fish a very diverse variety of fish, not to mention often allowing you to fish city parks and ponds. If you live near warm water fishing areas, or just don't want to head up to a cold windy lake then you should check out the large variety of warm water flies that make warm water fly fishing a great activity for the whole family.
You can fly fish just about anywhere; saltwater fly fishing is as popular as ever and it's about time you got in on the action. Coastal fly fishing offers plenty of beautiful scenery, as well as a vast variety of fish to target. Saltwater flies are always tied on nickel-plated or stainless-steel hooks and are generally large, simple streamers or bonefish flies. Simple streamers imitate baitfish while bonefish flies sink quickly and appeal to bottom feeding fish that generally feed on crustaceans such as krill or shrimp. You'll want to be sure you have some durable gear when you head out saltwater fly fishing. Just remember to wash the salt off your gear after you’re done.
You'll need some large flies in order to land salmon or steelhead, this can be one of the most challenging styles of fly fishing since many salmon don't feed during their spawning runs, but they will take flies. Generally your best bet for salmon and steelhead are using larger wet flies with some vibrant colors in order to attract their attention. If you're using dry flies you'll want to wait until summer when the water temperature is above 60 degrees.
align="left"> These flies imitate insects that are blown into the water or that are not may not have a natural habitat being in the water. Trout will take these flies throughout the year, but you may find better success using them in the later in summer. Some trout are no respecter of insects though and aren't going to pass up a free meal. Fish love a good meal that comes their way, beetles, crustaceans and worms are no exception.
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