A wet fly is more an imitation of a stage of life of aquatic insects. Many wet fishing flies imitate a struggling nymph as it attempts to reach the surface of the river before hatching.
These same wet flies also suitably do an impression of dead or drowning insects. Either way, one thing about using wet fishing flies for trout fishing is that they generally imitate aquatic insects in motion, moving to the surface or drowning in the water.
It is suggested that the Bumbles origins date back to Derbyshire in the 1500's when trout fishing flies was attached to a horsehair line. The fly, when first alighting on the water, is fished as a dapping fly that slowly sinks and is then fished as a wet hackle fishing fly. The palmered hackles mimic insect legs movement on the surface film.
The Bumble is a series of Classic wet flies that are very effective when fished as part of a team of fishing flies for traditional loch style fishing.
For example, the Golden Olive Bumble comes into its own as an attractor when on bob. However don't underestimate when fished singularly as it can be a real killer. These trout flies are truly superb during a Mayfly hatch on Lochs and lakes, especially in gentle waves.
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Generally these beautiful fishing flies are designed and selected for use according to conditions of light and water clarity rather than the attempt to follow natural patterns of insect hatches. They have wonderful action and movement in the water, a must when fishing in the 'loch style'.
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Hackled wet fishing flies are designed to imitate the adult stage of an insect during brief times when it may be underwater. These trout flies imitate mayflies which hatch on subsurface rocks and rush to the surface as fully grown adults, or caddis fly adults which dive underwater to lay their eggs.
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The Snatcher series are really a very versatile fly that works particularly well when the trout are patrolling the upper layers of still waters.
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Spiders are created to represent hatching insects caught in the surface of the river or in the surface film. They are soft hackle fishing patterns which are deadly fished upstream or downstream and were originally from the North of the United Kingdom certainly over 300 years ago.
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Winged wet fishing flies are designed to imitate the adult stage of an insect during brief times when it may be underwater. These trout fishing flies imitate Mayflies which hatch on subsurface rocks and rush to the surface as fully grown adults, or caddis fly adults which dive underwater to lay their eggs. Some fishing pattern have been devised to resemble small fry and baitfish.
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