Flies come originally from what the name suggests, they are artificial lures designed to closely mimic the flying insect hatches on freshwater streams and rivers where fly fishing originated on the banks of the English countryside. Since their conception, flies (the collective term for all manner of fly fishing lures) have evolved into a staggering array of iterations. They can generally be divided into three categories, Trout, freshwater and saltwater flies.

Flies are lures designed to be cast on fly fishing tackle. As such, they generally do not incorporate much weight, as it is the fly line and casting technique that is propelling the lure out into the water. Originally made from nearly all natural materials such as feathers, fur, and the like, there is now a huge array of artificial materials that are used to create any finish or texture imaginable. And with that, any possible prey items can be created in a fly-form, often super realistic.

As mentioned above, Trout flies are where it all started. These are generally designed to mimic insects of varying forms and most trout flies are clumped into “Dry Flies” which float on the water surface tension layer, and “wet flies” which drift below the water surface.

Freshwater flies in Australia can be quite impressive, as our native freshwater species are gregarious and often large. Murray Cod, Australian Bass, Saratoga and Barramundi are just a few of the popular freshwater fly fishing targets in Australia. But like any lure, Freshwater flies are made to imitate as closely as possible, the natural flood source of the angler’s quarry. Be that baitfish, insect, frog or even rodent!

Saltwater fly fishing is an ever evolving sport. With new techniques and endless new targets species being forged every year. With this, comes the continued evolution of saltwater flies. They can be as simple as a bit of green fibre to imitate green ribbon weed to catch luderick, or an incredibly detailed shrimp or crab to trick the wiliest of permit, bream or perch. There are even large baitfish profiles these days to catch marlin, sailfish and all manner of pelagics. Such is the versatility of Flies these days.

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