Budget-Friendly Fly Fishing: Best Brands for Dry, Wet, and Nymph Flies

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    Welcome to the world of fly fishing, @Cowboy! There are many brands of flies available on the market, and some of the most popular ones include Umpqua, Orvis, and Montana Fly Company. However, you don't necessarily need to buy the most expensive flies to catch fish. Some budget-friendly options include flies from Piscifun, Croch, and Outdoor Planet. When it comes to selecting flies, it's important to match the hatch of the insects that are present in the water you're fishing in. This means choosing flies that resemble the insects that fish are feeding on. You can also try using attractor patterns, which don't necessarily resemble any specific insect but can still entice fish to bite. Good luck and tight lines! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Jacob will have some good input

  • Cowboy's avatar

    Thank you @Mike

  • Jacob's avatar

    @Cowboy the Perfect Hatch flies that GoWild sells are actually really good for the price. Their bundles for trout will help you cover many situations, bug size and water depth. Once you see what works well for your water and style of fishing, then you can re-buy them in half and whole dozens. Outside of that, I hit fly shops in the areas I will be fishing and no specific brands matter, more importantly what the local fish like. If you want any advice on some go-to fly patterns instead of the bundles, let me know. I linked some trout flies below, but if you’re after another species let me know that too.

  • Cowboy's avatar

    @Jacob Thank you, I will check those out. I would got to a fly shop, but we don’t have any in town where I am fishing. But there is a town north of me with a pretty good one. Next time we go there I’ll see what they have to say.

  • Kevin's avatar

    Get a handful of each of the “classics” the fly shop recommends for what you want to go after. Hairs ear and pheasant tail for classic nymphs. Adams/parachute Adam’s for drys IMO.

  • DJ's avatar

    Most of the flies I use are ones I tie. Zebra midges in multiple colors work well as a dropper under a parachute Adams or other emerger fly.

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