Artificial fly

lure used in angling - fly fishing

An artificial fly or fly lure is a type of fishing lure. It is usually used in the sport of fly fishing. Artificial flies imitate insects or other things fish eat.[1] Artificial flies are made by fly tying. This is an art in which furs, feathers, thread or any of very many other materials are tied onto a fish hook.[2]

An Adams dry fly, the most popular fly for over 30 years.

There are thousands of different fly patterns (kinds) available.[3] Many imitate a particular insect a fish might recognize. Other patterns don't look like any insect, but attract fish anyway.[3]


  • Dry flies are meant to float on top of the water.[1]
  • Wet flies are designed to sink to the bottom of the water.[1]
  • Streamers (called lures in British English) sink to imitate small fish in the water.[4]
  • Terrestrials either float or sink. They imitate insects found on land.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Fly types". Cabela' Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. Wakeford, Jacqueline (1992). Fly Tying Tools and Materials. New York: Lyons & Burford Publishers. pp. Preface. ISBN 1-55821-183-7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Flies". Fly Fishing for Beginners. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "An International Glossary of Fly Fishing Terms". The English Fly Fishing Shop. Retrieved 20 June 2015.