Types of Fly Fishing Flies

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There are two types of fly fishing flies, and they are distinguished as surface and sub-surface flies with the surface ones being called dry flies. Discover examples of surface and sub-surface flies with help from a fly fishing guide in this free video on fly fishing flies.

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There are two types of fly fishing flies, surface and sub-surface. Your surface ones which we call dry flies are pretty much what I've got here in general. Large attractor pattern which I call big and uglies. This is an emerger even though it is a nymph which would be a sub-surface fly but you notice the little yellow tag that's something that you can see on the surface. This is called an RS 2 which fishes in the surface film as a dry and this is more of a traditional style dry. As you can see the wings, the hackle, the tail and the mid-section of the body, more of a traditional style dry fly. Sub-surface you have, in sub-surface you have the wet flies, nymphs, streamers. That pretty much covers what you have underneath the surface so a common fly and a very productive fly is the woolly bugger which can imitate a bait fish, a night crawler. It can be an aggravating fly. It's a great all around fly for fast water. Your streamer pattern is to really imitate the, a minnow, some sort of bait fish that is in the water. These are larvae and pupae. This is a stone fly which is called a prince nymph. These flies here, these are sub-surface on this side depending on what's hatching. You try to match the size, the color. When they're small and the fish are very inactive you may want to go down deep and fish the small larvae type flies. When the fish are a little bit more aggressive and they are chasing large flies that you see hatching but they're not taking the surface fly you may want to try a prince. It has a bead head which allows you to fish it with a floating line and it gets the fly down. The longer the leader for sinking flies on a floating line the deeper it will get. So the longer the leader the deeper the sinking fly, the shorter the leader the closer to the surface it will stay, again your streamer pattern and a woolly bugger pattern.


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