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Old 01-11-2008, 09:59 PM
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I'm sure this has been covered before, but I can't find it. What is the difference in flies? I know dry flies float, and wet flies sink. What are steamers, Terrestrial Flies, Nymph Flies, etc..? Are they used for different fish, or conditions, or just look different?
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not a bad question. basically dry flies are bugs that hatch (mayflies,midges,etc). they float. then theres nymphs, they r the same bugs but before they grow wings and hatch they live underwater. basically you use these with a indicator or type of "bobber" as some folks call it. a wet fly is also the same bugs. just swung in the currents and pulled in with lil jerks or strips as we call it.
terrestrials are beetles, bugs, crickets ,ants , dragonflys, etc... basically anything that don't live in the water but falls in! streamers imitate baitfish,minnows, crayfish, leeches, etc. u strip um through the water like escaping prey. any other questions? feel free I was new once too! another thing is to read this site it helps along with this forum once you get the basic slang down. Fly Fishing "For Beginners - 101" FAOL read this site and you will learn all the basics of fly fishin. by the time you read this whole page you will basically have it down! you can use all these types of patterns for many kinds of fish. basically look around where you live. what bugs and fish and crustaceans are there? if ya know that. well now you kno what to imitate.
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:27 AM
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Here are my definitions of pattern types:

dry fly - a pattern, fished on the surface, which imitates the adult (terrestrial) lifestage of an aquatic insect
emerger - a pattern, fished on the surface (on its immediate proximity), which imitates transition from an aquatic (nymphal or pupal) to the adult (terrestrial) lifestage of an aquatic insect
wet fly - a pattern, fished subsurface (usually in the top half of the water column), which is sufficiently generalized to not closely resemble any particular aquatic insect (in other words a subsurface attractor)
nymph - a pattern, fished in the general proximity of the bottom, which imitates the nymphal lifestage of an aquatic insect
attractor - a pattern, generally a dry fly, which doesn’t resemble any specific insect closely enough to be considered an imitation of it, but that (perhaps) resembles many insects closely enough to interest trout
streamer – a pattern, fished subsurface, which is usually intended to imitate baitfish
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Here are my definitions of pattern types:

dry fly - a pattern, fished on the surface, which imitates the adult (terrestrial) lifestage of an aquatic insect
emerger - a pattern, fished on the surface (on its immediate proximity), which imitates transition from an aquatic (nymphal or pupal) to the adult (terrestrial) lifestage of an aquatic insect
wet fly - a pattern, fished subsurface (usually in the top half of the water column), which is sufficiently generalized to not closely resemble any particular aquatic insect (in other words a subsurface attractor)
nymph - a pattern, fished in the general proximity of the bottom, which imitates the nymphal lifestage of an aquatic insect
attractor - a pattern, generally a dry fly, which doesn’t resemble any specific insect closely enough to be considered an imitation of it, but that (perhaps) resembles many insects closely enough to interest trout
streamer – a pattern, fished subsurface, which is usually intended to imitate baitfish

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Old 01-14-2008, 01:37 PM
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Thanks, there is lots of useful info
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