Realistic Bee Wings
Realistic Bee Wings are an absolute must when tying realistic-looking, effective flies. Authentic replicas of real bee wings in their appearance and performance in the water. The shape and size follow the natural curve of the insect’s wings. Transparent, with detailed printing resembling natural insect’s veins. Made of top quality, lightweight, and flexible material that is also very soft, mimicking the feel of real wings. The material is very strong, durable, and resilient to tearing and scratching. UV protected. Edges have been burned for additional reinforcement. Pre-cut and easy to tie, no prep work needed – simply take them off the sheet and tie them on by the provided tab. Realistic Bee Wings have been carefully designed, so when used appropriately, there is no tippet twisting.
The realistic look and great performance of these bee wings provide that imperative advantage when fishing this fly pattern.
Realistic Bee Wings come with 10 pairs per package in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. Small is a good choice for hook size #14, Medium for hook #12, and Large for hook #10.
- S – 10 mm
- M – 12 mm
- L – 14 mm
(Please note that due to many different types and models of hooks, these hook size recommendations are just rough estimates.)
Bee Fly Fishing
Honey bees, bumblebees, and wasps belong to a Hymenoptera order. These insects are terrestrials – they live and breed on land. They can often be found living around lakes and rivers and can be fished from spring well into the late fall. The reference to fly fishing using bee and wasp fly patterns goes back to third-century writing.
Bees and wasps are social insects and live in large communities (colonies), consisting of a queen (producing eggs) and non-reproducing workers. During summer months, and well late into fall, some of these insects will fall or get blown into streams or lakes – where they become food for trout, salmon, steelhead, and panfish. One of the great spots on the river to fish these patterns is under the overhanging tree where a colony of these insects is settled. Under such trees, you are sure to have some insects blown off into the stream. Other great spots to try would be around the edges in the shallow pockets.
Fly Fishing Terrestrial Flies
Terrestrial insects are land-bred. Some of the species of terrestrials include hoppers (grasshoppers), ants, beetles, bees, wasps, crickets, etc.
Terrestrials are one of the essential food sources for trout and other game fish during the summer months. Hot summer months are when the aquatic insects become sparse, the trout is the most active and grows the fastest. This is when terrestrials become their most important food source as a rich source of protein. A terrestrial falling into the water is a great and nutritious meal for fish as these insects are usually bulkier and heavier than aquatic insects and they provide a large calorie intake when the trout need it most.
Terrestrial fly patterns are effective from May till October, and sometimes even into November.
As terrestrials are most active and most likely to fall in the river during the day, the best time to fish these fly patterns is anytime from late morning all the way through the evening. Windy days are best as the wind ‘pushes’ them to the water. Optimal locations to present terrestrial patterns are along cut banks, grassy shorelines, or under big trees – places where fish wait for them – easy meals just dropping in. As these insects will eventually be pulled further into the river – midstream can also be a good place to present your fly.
On smaller streams fish are depending mostly on terrestrials as their food source. Small waters don’t have the high-energy riffles where the aquatic insects spend much of their lifecycles. For fishing small streams – terrestrials are a must.
Be it mid-summer, early fall, or the midst of spring – fishing terrestrial fly patterns can provide top dry-fly action!
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