Shop Orvis Today!

12. Flies vs. Lures (12 of 19)

Watch Next Video

Video Transcript:

As you can see, by comparing these popular lures to flies, they both do the same thing. Both try to imitate bait fish and others forage like frogs. The only real difference is that fly patterns are virtually weightless in comparison to lures. The weight of a lure is how an angler propels it to the target. With fly fishing, we propel a feather light fly pattern to the target, except we use the weight of the line. The simple mechanics of physics help us cast virtually weightless flies, using a long rod combined with a weighted line. Of course, the actual casting is part of the magical appeal of fly fishing.
Equipment For This Chapter