There are so many patterns for trout fly fishing out in the market, it's hard to know where to start. We have over 2,200 trout fishing flies listed with varying amounts of details and pictures. To make it easier we have divided our trout fishing flies into 4 major fly types (Dry flies, Wet flies, Nymphs and Lure fishing patterns) and then have sub-divided each of these into several fly varients.
In 1886 F. M. Halford attempted to define dry fly fishing as "Presenting to the rising fish the best possible imitation of the insect on which he is feeding in its natural position."
- Finding a fish feeding on winged insects.
- Presenting to him a good imitation of the natural insect both as to size and colour.
- Presenting it to him in its natural position, floating and "cocked".
- Putting it lightly on the water so that it floats accurately over him without drag.
- That the four previous points should have been fulfilled before the fish has caught sight of the angler and his rod.
Very fair and accurate description of what we as Dry Fly Fishermen do today!
View 714 more dry flies
A wet fly is more an imitation of a stage of life of aquatic insects. Many wet flies imitate a struggling nymph as it attempts to reach the surface of the river.
These same wet flies also suitably do an impression of dead or drowning insects. Either way, one thing about wet flies for trout fishing is that they generally imitate aquatic insects in motion, moving to the surface or drowning in the water.
View 327 more wet flies
Nymphs are aquatic insects that are still in their underwater stage, not having reached their adult, or flying, stage of life yet. Trout have a diet that consists primarily of sub-surface insects (nymphs).
A key to successful nymphing is being able to know how to get your nymph pattern to the right depth. There for it is important to make accurate casts, so as to allow the nymph to sink to the right depth where you believe the fish may be is!
View 720 more nymphs flies
Lures are large flies of the streamer, bucktail and sculpin variety used to imitate baitfish or aggrovates or act as 'attractors'.
From lakes to streams, you will catch all types of fish on good lure patterns. Form, flash and action are what makes a good lure pattern, colour is dictated by choice!
View 501 more lures flies