Story: Freshwater fishing

Nymph, dry fly and wet fly

Nymph, dry fly and wet fly

These three flies are used in different ways when fishing, and imitate different foods. The nymph (top) imitates the larval stage of the mayfly. The dry fly (middle) looks like a beetle, and sits on the water surface. The large wet fly (bottom) is used on a sinking fly line, which pulls it down – the angler then retrieves the line slowly and the fly resembles a small fish as it moves through the water.

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Carl Walrond, 'Freshwater fishing - Fly fishing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008