Styles of Fly Fishing


It is Style that makes Fly Fishing so Unique

Fly fishing is very different than bait fishing or fishing with any other lures. Fly fishermen uses artificial fly made with a hook with tiny pieces of feather, foam, animal hide, fur, yarn, cotton, and other materials tied around it. It is usually designed in such a way that when in the water, it will mimic the look a small bait fish. The look and type of the fly will vary based on the type of fish you are fishing for. Every angler has his own preferences of what type of fly he will use. Fishing flies are available in bait and tackle stores, online. But many fly fishermen like to tie their own fishing fly. Tying a fly for fishing is like an art for someone with some basic training. It doesn’t really take much time to learn how to make flies for fishing if you have the right tools.

Angling with Dry Fly

The most common and traditional fly for fly fishing is dry fly. The fly is made of dry material tied to a metal hook and it will float over the location of the targeted fish. The movement of the fly will lure the fish to the surface and the fish will strike the fly to get it.

You will work the fly rod to make sure the fish hooked can’t spit out the fly and will try to make it tired enough so that you can get it in your net. One reason of popularity of this kind of fly fishing is because as the action happens on the surface, you can not only feel but also see the action and the whole fight the fish puts up. However some species of trout and some other fish usually feed under water, so when you notice the fish rising to the surface, it is time to put the dry flies in action.

Angling with Wet Fly

Wet flies are the flies that sinks in the water and angler will take them passing the fish luring them to strike the fly.

Most insects and flies that lives close to the water will lay their eggs in the water. When the eggs hatch nymphs will come out. Nymphs will swim up to the surface of the water and within few days they will turn into flies. Right after they hatch and start swimming up towards the surface, an aquatic feast begins. Nymph is favorite food of many fish. Angler’s wet flies are designed to mimic the movement of nymphs in the water. Many of the wet flies are also designed to mimic the shape of bait fish.

Angling with Artificial Nymph

The artificial nymphs used for nymph fishing are made heavier than the real nymphs so that they stay in the water. As most of the action will take place under the water, it’s a challenge for the angler because he may not be able to see when a fish is about to strike. This even increase the fun of this type of angling.

Angling species for Fly Fishing

Any fish that can be caught on a hook can be caught by fly fishing. But anglers preferred species for fly fishing are trout, salmon, bass, chars and most other game fish. One reason why trout is popular angling species for fly fishing is because they mostly feed on small insects in less deep water. If you go fishing close to the coast in the north, you will find fly fishing for salmon a very challenging but rewarding experience. A 40 pound heavy salmon will make you work hard when hooked on a fly, it may make you sweat in a cold fall fishing day making you running up and down the beach trying to defeat it in the stamina game.

The Holy Grail of Angling

The fly fishing sport has gained ever increasing popularity over the years. Most will agree it is just not about catching the fish but in the delivery of the fly and the skill and knowledge in the pursuit. Fly fishing is an artistic way of fishing.

Some fly fisherman regard fly fishing as the holy grail of fishing. It is more relaxing and some say a better past time than golf. The sport of fly fishing sees people from all walks of life. Fly fishing is known to be more environmentally friendly than all other methods of angling because it does less harm to the fish then other styles of fishing. When fishing with a bait, a lot of times the hook will end up in the stomach of the fish which may kill it even if released. Flies from fly fishing are always hooked in the mouth of the fish, so its barely life threatening for the fish. Most anglers will catch and release when they are fly fishing.

The art of fly fishing will get in to your blood and you will peruse the quite of the streams or the solitude of the ocean beaches to capture you prey.

Happy fishing.