There are 2 main types of fly fishing flies:
- Imitators – flies that imitate a living creature found in nature (like an ant)
- Attractors – flies that don’t imitate anything in particular, but merely attract a particular type of response from fish
More about imitators and attractors.
Here’s a better explanation of imitators and attractors, as described by an avid fly fisherman…
To further break down fly fishing flies, these are the most common:
- A dry fly imitates insects that commonly fall or land on the surface of the water.
- A wet fly imitates insects that are typically found underneath the surface of the water.
- A nymph is a wet fly that imitates the early life stages of insects underneath the surface of the water.
- A streamer imitates a bait fish underneath the surface of the water.
- A terrestrial is a land-based insect that enters the water on accident.
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