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The Flies of Fly Fishing

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   There are literally thousands of different flies and fly patterns, ranging in size from a tiny 1/8" trout midge up to a foot long barracuda fly. Flies don't just imitate insects either. Some, in fact, imitate frogs, mice, shrimp, leeches and even small fish such as minnows. There are several different categories of flies which are listed below.






Dry Fly
Designed to float on the surface. Imitates the winged stage of an aquatic insect. Common examples: Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Light Cahill.



Wet Fly
Imitates and simulates an insect emerging from the water. Generally fished just beneath the surface. Common examples: Carey Special, Soft Hackle, Chironomid.



Nymph
Imitates the underwater phase of an insect's life. Generally fished below the surface. Common examples: Hair's Ear, Pheasant tail, Giant Stonefly



Streamer
Imitates a small aquatic species, such as a minnow, sculpin or leech. Generally fished underwater with a swimming action. Common examples: Muddler Minnow, Wooly Bugger, Bucktail Coachman, Zonker



Popping Bug
Imitates large insects fallen on the surface, also frogs and mice. Used when fly fishing for bass. Common examples: Cork Poppers, Dahlberg Diver, Deer Hair Poppers.



Steelhead Fly
Brightly Colored, tied like a streamer or egg cluster, meant to entice the steelhead to strike. Common examples: Kiospoix Special, Skunk, Skykomish Sunrise.



Saltwater Fly
Generally tied and fished like a streamer and meant to imitate the bait fish or crustaceans found in different saltwater locations. Common examples: Lefty's Deceiver, Saltwater Skipping Bug, Crazy Charlie (bonefish).