Realistic Bottle Fly Wings
Realistic Bottle Fly Wings are an absolute must when tying realistic looking and effective blue bottle flies, green bottle flies, house flies… They are an authentic replicas of real bottle fly wings in their appearance and performance in the water. The shape and size follows the natural curve of 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 the 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. These wings have been carefully designed, so when used appropriately, there is no tippet twisting.
The realistic look and great performance of Realistic Bottle Fly Wings provides that imperative advantage when fishing this fly pattern.
Realistic Bottle Fly 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.
(Please note that due to many different types and models of hooks, these hook size recommendations are just rough estimates.)
Blue Bottle Fly Fishing
Order: Diptera, Family: Calliphoridae
Blue Bottle Fly (bluebottle fly, bottlebee) is a common fly also known as Blow Fly (Blowie). These flies are related to house fly but are larger in size – they grow to about half an inch length. What distinguishes bottle flies from other flies is their bright, shiny metallic blue, green or black color that covers their abdomen. Like other common flies, they have large eyes, one pair of clear wings and short antennae.
These flies can be found anywhere, including farms, fields, woods. They feed on dead animals, excrement and open wounds of living animals. They also feed on flowers, eating nectar and pollen,. These flies like shady places and can be also found on outer walls of buildings.
Bottle flies breed during the warm summer months, when they are most active, making it the best time for fishing these fly patterns. These are great flies to use on streams near farms and meadows, near livestock, as well as near old sheds and cabins. Breezy summer afternoons are the best times to use this pattern. As they account for a good protein serving, hungry trout are not going to pass these ‘happy meals’.
Bottle fly is a great trout dry fly that will get you some serious fish during hot summer months!
Fly Fishing Terrestrial Flies
Terrestrial insects are land-bred. Some of the species of terrestrials include: hoppers (grasshoppers), ants, beetles, bees, crickets, etc.
Terrestrials are one of the essential food sources for trout and other game fish during 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 the 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 is 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.
Being it mid-summer, early fall, or the midst of spring – fishing terrestrial fly patterns can provide top dry-fly action!