The 10 Best Wet Flies

The 10 Best Wet Flies
Wet flies are designed to resemble a tasty creature that has been washed under the surface of the water. Because of this, a small collection of wet flies will work in a wide variety of situations. Whether they are your first choice or a last resort when your dry flies aren't producing, these wet flies are ones you should have.

Black Gnat

Simple is often best. This fly is easy to fish and good for just about any trout waters.

Royal Coachman

This is an attractor fly. Give it a shot when there is little happening on the surface.

March Brown

Work this fly close to the bottom in shallow water early in the afternoon.

Gray Hackle

Use this just as the caddis hatch is starting to emerge.

Gold Bead Wooly Bugger

This variation of the classic wooly bugger pattern adds weight and sinks the fly deeper.

Light Cahill

This is a popular wet fly with a dry fly variation. Fish this about mid-level in the water.


This is the old "Lady of the Lake" design. It is elaborate and hard to find but very effective.

Gray Ghost

This is best used to imitate bait fish below the surface of the water when there isn't a hatch.


This generic design is used to imitate non-traditional hatches, such as beetles.


When you don't have an exact match to what the fish are eating, throw this out there.

Article Written By Mati Bishop

Mati Bishop has been a freelance writer since 1999. He has been published in "Hawaii Skin Diver Magazine," the "Hawaii Wellness Directory," "Kailua-Kaneohe Sunpress" and a collection of Web sites. Bishop studied journalism at Windward Community College on Oahu, Hawaii.

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