Wet fly

Categories: Fly Fishing Terms

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 underwater invertebrates such as mayfly or damselfly larvae.

Anglers fishing wet flies typical use different types of retrieve to impart life to streamer type flies.

The exception is nymph fishing where anglers are careful to achieve a natural drag-free drift to emulate the natural insects.

Glister Nymph close up
The Glister Nymph is an example of a wet fly