Realistic Flies – Wasp II / Flying Ant / Horse Fly – Set of 6 Flies
These realistic flies are true representations of real, live insects. They have the looks, the size, proportions, shape and the weight of the real flies. Realistic Wasp II has the characteristic elongated, 3-section wasp shape, their black and yellow coloring, the transparent pair of wings and the long, flexible, stretchable legs. The Realistic Big Black Flying Ant features the segmented body with ribbed abdomen, three pairs of flexible legs and a pair of transparent, life-like wings. Our Realistic Horse Fly has the segmented horse fly body, the black and gray markings, a pair of authentic looking wings and three pairs of bulky, flexible, stretchable legs. All of these flies have been designed and created to mimic the real insects in its looks and behavior. They are lightweight and floatable to authentically represent the insect when it hits the water. And, since these are all chunky insect patterns and ‘full of protein’, they are rarely passed by the hungry trout – during hot, sunny summer days these little fellows might be a real goal mine.
Realistic Flies – Wasp II / Flying Ant / Horse Fly – Set of 6 Flies comes with 2 Realistic Wasp II flies (hook sizes #10 & #12), 2 Big Black Flying Ants (sizes #10 & #12) and 2 Realistic Horse Flies (hook size #12).
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!