Trout flies are used to fish the most popular and easily accessible form of fish within the Fly Fishing Sport. The common species of trout (Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout etc), as well as species popular outside of the fishing season such as Grayling, can all be caught on trout flies.
They are common place in rivers, lakes and reservoirs throughout the world, but in most areas where fly fishing is popular, they have been introduced for the purpose of the sport.
Fly fishing for trout can be highly rewarding. Trout flies used for trout fishing tend to be small and lightweight, as they are one of the smaller breads of fish fly fisherman fish for. As it is so popular, there are thousands of patterns of trout flies which have been designed and made by hobbyists alone.
When to use Dry flies: Dry flies sit on the surface film of the water, unlike wet flies which sit just below the surface. These trout fishing flies are typically used during the spring and summer months when water temperatures start to warm. In these conditions, fish swim closer to the surface and feed regularly on bugs and flies which are either trapped or hatching.
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Fly Fishing Lures are large flies of the streamer, bucktail and sculpin variety used to imitate baitfish, aggravate or act as 'attractors'.
From lakes to streams, you will catch all types of fish on good lure patterns. Form, flash and action are what makes an excellent choice for a lure trout fly, colours are strong but largely down to personal preference, whether it be black to cause a silhouette effect when fish look up from the depths, or a bright colour such as orange to attract the attention of a passing fish.
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Nymphs are aquatic insects that are still in their underwater stage, not having reached their adult, or flying, stage of life yet. Trout have a diet that consists primarily of sub-surface insects (nymphs).
A key to using nymphing as a successful fishing fly is being able to know how to get your nymph pattern to the right depth. Therefore it is important to make accurate casts with these trout flies, so as to allow the nymph to sink to the right depth where you believe the fish may be!
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A wet fly is more an imitation of a stage of life of aquatic insects. Many wet fishing flies imitate a struggling nymph as it attempts to reach the surface of the river before hatching.
These same wet flies also suitably do an impression of dead or drowning insects. Either way, one thing about using wet fishing flies for trout fishing is that they generally imitate aquatic insects in motion, moving to the surface or drowning in the water.
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