10 essential fishing flies

Fly Fishing FliesDespite owning hundreds of fishing flies it always seems that a few tried and tested patterns remain successful and popular year after year. Thinking of this led me to think of the ten most useful fishing flies in my fly box and raised two questions:

  • Can you rely on only 10 essential fishing flies and still have a happy and successful season?
  • Which 10 essential fishing flies would you have in your fly box?

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Fly Fishing Flies

This is the most important piece of fly fishing tackle. There are thousands of different fly fishing flies, with one for almost every species of fish, fishing location and natural environment on the face of the earth. Each is individually titles, with different patterns called elaborate names like the Cat’s Whisker, Gold Ribbed Hares Hear, Zonker. Each is hand tied, requiring an attention to detail that will rival any artist, using materials of different colours and textures. Choosing the right fly for fishing can appear to be difficult, however once you know your dry fly from your wet fly and can gauge the depth and conditions you will be in with a fighting chance.

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