getting started with freshwater flies

Getting Started with Freshwater Flies

Congratulations on choosing to get into fly fishing! It's a great sport that offers a unique and rewarding challenge. As you know, to get started, you'll need some basic gear like a rod, line, leader, and most importantly... flies. You'll also need to learn basic techniques like casting and reading water. In this blog post I will be covering the 4 most popular categories of flies: Dry Flies, Nymphs, Streamers, and Terrestrials.

Dry Flies

Dry flies are meant to imitate winged-insects that are floating on the waters surface. If you're looking for a great dry fly, then I would recommend the Parachute Adams. It's a classic pattern that's been around since the 1940s, and it's still one of the most popular patterns used today. It's a versatile fly that's great for trout, panfish, and even bass. The Parachute Adams is a great visual attractor when trout are rising to the surface. It's definitely a fly you should have in your fly box!


Nymph fly fishing is a popular type of fly fishing that involves using small, weighted flies to imitate various aquatic insects found in the water. Nymphs are effective in catching trout, bass, panfish, and other species of fish. If you are looking for a popular nymph fly to use for trout fishing, I would suggest the Pheasant Tail Nymph. It is a versatile pattern that can imitate a variety of aquatic insects and is a go-to fly for many anglers.


Streamers are designed to imitate small bait fish. Streamers are usually weighted and are fished with a "strip" retrieve that gives it a nice action in the water. They are often used to target larger predatory fish, such as trout and bass. One of the most popular streamers for trout is the Wooly Bugger.


A terrestrial fly is an artificial fly that imitates an insect found on land rather than in water. Terrestrial flies are often used during the summer months when insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, and ants are abundant. They are tied on a hook in a variety of sizes and colors to match the size and color of the insect the angler is trying to imitate. Terrestrial flies can be a fun and effective way to catch fish when the water levels are low or when the fish are not actively feeding on aquatic insects. View a selection of patterns here!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post! Tight Lines!

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