How do I choose which fly to use?


First, take the time to really look at the water. Second, if you see feeding fish, tie on an imitation that mimics the most likely food source. Third, if you don’t see any feeding activity, try an attractor that suggests an insect or baitfish common to the area.In the end, there are only four hard and fast rules for choosing a fly. First, take the time to really look at the water. Second, if you see feeding fish, tie on an imitation that mimics the most likely food source. Third, if you don’t see any feeding activity, try an attractor that suggests an insect or baitfish common to the area.

How do I know what flies to use?

What flies should I use at this time of year?

Midges and Mayflies are the best flies to use in the fall and winter. Fall mayflies come in a variety of types, including little olive mayflies, tiny olive mayflies, and insanely tiny olive mayflies. That’s an overstatement, but small olives are by far the most numerous Mayflies throughout September through November.

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When should you throw a dry fly?

Early Morning: This is the time of day when most anglers encounter high activity and are historically considered to be “the best time of day to fish.” Fish will typically start moving up towards the surface an hour or two before sunrise, and it’s at this time that they’re feeding on insects on the water’s surface.

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What is the difference between a dry fly and a nymph?

The main difference between a nymph and a dry fly is their dwelling place. Dry flies sit on top of the water while nymphs constantly live under the water. The dry flies will be over the water and resemble full-grown flies, insects, rodents, and much more.

What size flies for 5 wt rod?

9-Foot Rods 9-foot fly rods are common in 5 and 6-weights. These are long enough for you to throw dry flies, but also launch streamers quite a distance. A 5′ 9-weight rod is a great versatile option that you can use in almost any scenario that you would like.

What size fly is best for trout?

So what size fly should you use for trout? As a general rule we recommend matching the hatch and going smaller on flies for larger, more pressured trout, especially tailwaters. Trout prefer nymphs, streamers, and dry flies. Dry flies 12-16 are ideal for trout as well as Nymphs size 18-22.

How do you identify flies for fishing?

To identify different fly species, look for the characteristics that set them apart. For example, If they look like a mosquito, but they aren’t biting you, they’re midges. You’ll often see them buzzing around and above your head in huge swarms.

What is a guide style fly?

The flies everyone wants in their box… Guide Flies! To ensure we’re on the same page, these are not “secret” flies that no one knows of; instead, “Guide Flies” are patterns that are easy to tie and effective to fish. More importantly, if the fly is lost, it can be replaced quickly.

How do you tie flies to tippet?

Hook line around tip of index finger and wind the tag back down around the two parallel lines. Make three wraps working back down toward the eye. Pass the tag end back through the small loop being held by your finger. Tighten the knot down onto the standing line.

What size fly rod is best for beginners?

Length of a fly rod is important, particularly for a beginner. We recommend beginners start with an 8’9”-9′ length, which is long enough to try a bunch of different approaches to getting your line on the water.

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What is a 7 wt fly rod good for?

They are capable of handling larger fish and larger flies without breaking a sweat – the 7wt is the rod of choice for anglers fishing for: Large trout. Steelhead. Largemouth and smallmouth bass.

What size fish can a 4 weight fly rod handle?

A 4 weight is the ideal size for dry fly fishing for small trout and panfish or as an all-around rod for streams and rivers. It has enough strength for a solid 40-50 feet casting distance while being excellent for delicate fly presentations.

What is the difference between house flies and cluster flies?

House flies are gray in color, while most cluster flies appear black. Additionally, cluster flies have golden hairs growing on their body whereas house flies do not. While house flies can zip quickly through a room, cluster flies are more sluggish in their speed, and easier to swat.

What is the difference between wet flies and dry flies?

Wet flies sit under the water. They can be emergers, nymphs, streamers and imitate hatching flies or other types of larger bait. Dry flies sit on top of the water. They can resemble full-grown flies, rodents, insects, etc.

Is there an app to identify fly fishing flies?

The Catch and The Hatch app is the best fly fishing app on the market and includes our BUG ID tool, which helps you match the hatch in seconds to any bug you find while on the river fly fishing.

How do I know what flies to use?

What time of day is best for fly fishing?

Fishing in the morning is a great way to lower your impact on the fish and have better chances of success. Morning fishing in spring and fall isn’t as productive, but it has potential. Midges are typically most active in the morning during these periods, but mayfly and caddis hatches can be decent as well.

What time of day do trout bite best?

What is the best time of day for trout fishing? The best time of day to catch trout is early morning from dawn until 2 hours after sunrise and the second-best time of day is late afternoon from 3 hours prior to sunset until dusk.

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Do you use an indicator with a dry fly?

Another time an indicator is required in when fishing size twenty and smaller dry flies. In this case an indicator is necessary to keep track of the fly. In this case the indicator is usually another fly that you can see, or a conventional small strike indicator will also work.

What are nymph flies good for?

Nymphs or subterranean insects imitate subsurface insects and aquatic worms in bodies of water. Nymphs are an important subsurface food source for trout. This is why nymphing abilities are required in every fly fisherman’s arsenal.

Is nymphing really fly fishing?

As a general rule nymphing is a form of fly fishing. Traditional fly fishing techniques include casting, false casting, and mending your line for an appropriate presentation of an artificial fly to catch a fish.

Can you fish a dry fly wet?

All of these subsurface insects can produce good feeding activity by the fish. And though it’s possible to tie specific imitations of the dry flies to be fished wet, there’s really no need to do so. Just use the standard dry fly; it works fine. The trick to fishing the dry fly wet is to get it down and keep it down.

What flies to use on a cloudy day?

On a bright sunny day with clear water: white, gold, silver, and yellows should be your color selection of choice. On cloudy or rainy days: shift your color selection towards fluorescent and bright colored offerings. This is due to the fact that on cloudy days, more UV light hits the water’s surface than on sunny days.

What flies to use for trout now?

As a general rule, nymphs, streamers, dry flies, and emergers will be the most successful types of fly patterns to catch trout. Some of the best flies to use will imitate different species like: Midges. Mayflies.

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