Realistic Firefly Fluo
Realistic Firefly Fluo is an amazingly close replica of a real insect. It has an authentic looks, the right weight and it lights up – just like a real firefly! The elongated, 3-segmented body mimics the natural firefly body, the flexible legs were added for more realistic look. What is amazing about this firefly pattern is that the famous bright orange fluorescent bottom abdomen actually glows! To activate the ‘glowing’ – simply expose the bottom to a flashlight for a few seconds – the firefly will light up like a real one. The pattern is light and has the perfect weight, so, when combined with the glowing effect, when it hits the water, it looks like a real firefly. These are high quality flies, made to withstand many takes. Our Realistic Firefly Fluo is highly effective – prepare for some explosive strikes!
Comes in hook size #12.
Firefly Fly Fishing
Order: Coleoptera (beetles), family: Lampyridae
Fireflies (also called lightening bugs) are not flies, they are actually winged beetles. They are smaller bugs, growing up to 2.5 cm (1 inch) in size. They glow – they emit bioluminescence light to attract mates. The way they produce light is based on chemistry. In the abdomen, fireflies have a light-producing organ which, through a series of chemical reactions, produces the famous firefly light. There are some species (living in the southwestern North America) that do not produce light, but most fireflies do. Firefly light comes in a range of colors: yellow, orange, light red and green. They spend most of their life as larvae. Some larvae are aquatic – live in the water and come out when ready for transformation. Larvae also emit light and are carnivorous. Adults feed mostly on nectar and pollen, but some species do not eat at all during their short adult life.
Adult fireflies love moist and dump areas and can be found in the woods and around rivers, lakes and streams. They are nocturnal beetles and can be seen blinking along the streams during summer nights and late evenings. As their activity peaks at dark, these are the best times for fishing these flies. However, during the day these patterns have proven quite effective. Firefly is considered to be one of the most productive beetle patterns. Comes summertime and you see them blinking above the river – pull out your firefly pattern and get some energetic strikes.
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!