Fly Fishing Lures

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Fly Fishing Lure










The term “fishing lures” is somewhat misleading when applied to fly-fishing. There are all types of lures but since you’re trying to imitate the food that the fish is used to eating, fly-fishing lures are called “flies”. 

Choosing which fly to use is crucial if you want to take home some fish! Look around the area you’ve chosen and see what type of insects inhabit the waters. A fish population that’s used to feasting on water skaters and flies won’t be enticed by a lure that resembles a grasshopper. A small aquarium net is a good thing to keep in your tackle box; by skimming the net along the top of the water, you can see firsthand what type of insect the fish are used to feeding on. You can then select the appropriate fly for the area.

You can purchase flies at a sporting goods store or you can make your own by hand. Anglers who make their own flies often catch more fish than those who buy them. While the fisherman working with commercial flies is cautious and doesn’t want to lose an item he paid good money for, the one who makes his own flies won’t hesitate to cast in the direction of obstacles such as submerged stumps where fish like to hide in and around structure.

It doesn’t take much money or materials to tie your own flies. A few simple tools will start you off and you can either buy materials or take a refreshing trip into the woods to gather most of them. Your flies should be simple and small, mimicking the natural insect shapes and colors. As well as being a relaxing hobby, tying your own flies is an excellent way to get through the winter when you can’t fish. A simple vise, pliers, thread, scissors and whip finishers are about all you need to get started tying your own flies.
Whether you tie your own flies or buy them from the store, be sure to carry a diverse variety in your tackle box. Fish can be just as fickle as anyone else when it comes to their appetite, especially if food is plentiful in the area.


This article was written by the
contributing staff of OFT and its
group of amateur and pro Ontario anglers.

Copyright 2008. Ontario Fish Trips .

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