One of the most asked questions we get is what flies do you use for fly fishing? It’s understandable, as there is seemingly no end to the pattern choices of fly fishing flies on the market today.
In the sport of fly fishing, there are several categories of fly patterns. Each pattern serves a specific role. But the essence of an artificial fly pattern is to mimic a food source that a fish is trying to eat. These patterns range from mayflies to caddis or baitfish to leaches and everything in-between.
As a general rule, you can use Dry Flies, Emergers, Nymphs, Streamers, Euro Nymphs, and Wet Flies when fly fishing. There are also specific patterns designed for saltwater and warm water species such as largemouth bass and carp.