Realistic Firefly is remarkably close to the real insect in looks, appearance, and the way they move in the water – your fish will not know the difference. It has an elongated 3-section firefly shape, elastic legs, and the famous fluorescent bottom abdomen in bright orange. The fly was tied with high quality, floatable and light material that has just the right weight so when they hit the water, their floating emulates the floating of the real insect. The material is super sturdy – these flies were tied to last and will withstand many takes. These Realistic Fireflies are highly effective – expect some great action using them!
Comes in 2 hook sizes: #10 and #12.
Firefly Fly Fishing
Order: Coleoptera (beetles), family: Lampyridae
Fireflies (also called lightning 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 that, through a series of chemical reactions, produces the famous firefly light. There are some species (living in 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 a 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 in the 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 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!