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A crash course about fishing flies

  Any fly fishing enthusiast will always appreciate the uniqueness of fishing flies. And, for good reason, you may ask why. The great beneit of using fly fishing flies in comparison with heavier tackle is that they can be designed to mimmic an insect at different stages in the creature’s life, starting with a single orange, pink or silver egg, to the emerging nymph, to the airborne adult occasionally alighting on the surface of the water. If you are a beginner angler then you need to know that the mayfly, a specific kind of fishing flies, is a great species to imitate because one can fish three different versions, nymph, dry, and wet, depending on the phase of the hatch, which won’t be obvious unless you see scads of mayflies zipping around.

 

There are a handful of key fly fishing flies or “patterns” that should be at the forefront of any advice on fly fishing basics. To mimic small minnows you’ll want to have an arsenal of streamers fly fishing flies in both natural earth tones, as well as flashy bright colors. Also try sinking nymph and emerging patterns. You’ll want to have a variety of wet and dry fishing flies, along with some nymphs and streamers wherever you fish. And it’s a good thing to have at least three of each, because before you know it you’ll be down to the last one when you realize that’s what the big boys are eating today.

 

An amazing option for a beginner, and even experienced angler, are the dry fly fishing flies with a short white “parachute” of deer hair sticking up from the insects' thorax area. It makes a brown or tan fly much more visible, yet fish can’t see the white hairs from below. Parachute-style presentations have become more popular recently, probably because there’s no need for a tie-on or stick-on indicator which can screw up precise fly placement when casting and sometimes spook skittish trout.

 

The great thing about fly fishing flies is that they can represent not only insects, but every type of food a fish likes to eat, from frogs and crawfish to mice and minnows. But the main purpose of the fly rod is to deliver perfect insect replicas to hungry fish. Not just hungry but picky fish - mainly trout - which is the real reason the sport of fly fishing has occasionally suffered accusations of elitism and snobbery. It’s because the fish themselves are snobs. You would think any fish would be pretty happy to find any type of live insect floating inches from their nose. Well, the trout is a bit tricky. They are critical not only of the insect’s variety, but also want to know on what day, even at what hour, a bug was born. How should one approach a fish with this kind of attitude? You have to become a bigger snob. You have to learn more about fishing flies.

Are you going fishing with your buddies this weekend? Well then you definitely need some top-notch  fishing flies  . Great quality  fly fishing flies     can be hard to find at times, so having a reliable place where you can purchase them can make or break your fishing trip.