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Fly Fishing Flies come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Trout flies such as buzzers, nymphs and fry patterns are tied to represent specific naturals which can be found in our waters. As well as more imitative fishing flies we also offer larger, brighter lure patterns such as blobs, boobies and muddlers. These aren’t designed to look like anything specific but to agitate the trout into taking the fly and bring out the aggressive nature in them. Other trout flies for fly fishing include emergers, CDC and hackled dries to be used when fish are found taking natural insects from the water’s surface. Salmon, sea trout, carp , pike flies predator flies are also available. Fishing flies, all in all, are the most essential part of the fly fisherman’s armoury and should be carefully selected with your chosen target species in mind.
The first artificial fishing flies were almost certainly little more than small pieces of feathers or fur simply bound onto a rudimentary hook. All in an effort to imitate the natural flies that fish were seen to be taking on the surface of rivers and lakes. Nowadays, fishing flies come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and there seem to be almost as many flies as fishermen! Modern Fishing flies can be conveniently divided into two categories.
Imitative Flies - such as adult (emerging) flies, nymphs (inc. so-called ‘buzzers’) and fry /baitfish patterns intended to mimic juvenile fish. All such are intended to look like real fish food. The term ‘Match the Hatch’ drives from trout fishermen who strive to dress their artificial dry flies to mimic as closely as possible the actual flies the trout are taking at a particular time.
Attractor Flies – which are not really intended to look like an actual insect or baitfish but are often tied with very bold, flashy, fly tying materials literally with the intention of attracting the target fish’s attention and thence triggering their aggressive instinct and get them to attack the fly. The often flashy and bright colours used on attractor fishing flies also undoubtedly helps when fishing in darker or murky water conditions.
Many game anglers consider that fishing flies are the most essential part of the fly fisherman’s armoury and should be carefully selected with your chosen target species and location in mind.