Glossary

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  • A dry fly is a fly that is designed to float on the surface of the water. Examples of common dry flies include the Elk Hair Caddis, the Blue Winged Olive, the Parachute Adams and the Royal Wulff. Dry flies are constructed of relatively buoyant materials - usually feathers and fur (real(...)
  • A method of casting in bass fishing, and other kinds of fishing, where you start with rod low and raise it using an underhand pendulum like motion to flip the lure into tight cover. It's useful to get into tight spots beneath docks or in heavy timber and can be very accurate. Pitching is(...)
  • A nymph is a type of wet fly design to imitate the larvae of insects such as chironomids (midges), mayfly, caddis and stoneflies. A nymph is typically weighted so it sinks to the bottom of the water column where the actual insects typically emerge. However sometimes fly fishers use(...)
  • A streamer fly is a type of artificial fly used in fly fishing that is designed to imitate small baitfish, leeches, or other larger prey items that trout and other game fish hunt and eat. Here are some key characteristics of streamer flies: Larger Size: Streamer flies are typically larger(...)
  • Tippet is the piece of transparent line - usually monofilament or fluorocarbon - that is attached to the thin end of the leader in fly fishing. The tippet is the final connection piece to the fly and has the lowest breaking strain of the whole set up. Tippet is sized by diameter (the X(...)
  • A wet fly is a fly that is designed to sink below the water's surface. The heavier the weight of the fly, the deeper it will sink in the water column. Nymphs, soft hackle flies and streamers are all different types of wet fly. Wet flies are usually designed to imitate bait fish or(...)
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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.