Different Types of Fish in Fly Fishing

Written By: maxcatch Created Date: 2020-06-03 Hits: 174
Different Types of Fish in Fly Fishing

Fly fishing has been around, in one form or another, for thousands of years and dates back to as early as the late 2nd century. From Japan to Scotland, and everywhere in between, fly fishing has existed in hundreds of different variations and served as a means to catch virtually any and every fish willing to take a bite.

If you're just getting into fly fishing, however, it can be challenging to know what species you should be vying for during your fishing excursions. That's why we've put together a quick guide to help you navigate the waters of fly fishing and bring home your first prize catch.

What Are The Most Popular Types Of Fish You Can Catch Freshwater Fly Fishing?

While you can technically catch any species of fish with the proper fly and gear, there are a few signature catches that define the sport. 


Trout live almost exclusively in freshwater, with only a few subspecies capable of living temporarily at sea. Trout is one of the most common species of fish in various bodies of freshwater, including streams and lakes. 

Trout are a somewhat bony fish but is otherwise considered a popular and tasty meal that you can prepare in a variety of ways.


Like trout, grayling have spread from their native freshwater habitats to achieve widespread popularity across the globe. While graylings are a member of the salmon family, they are often distinguishable by their large scales, small teethed mouth, and distinctive dorsal fins.

Graylings, while especially valued as a game fish, are also renowned for their taste and are a cornerstone of the commercial fishery and aquaculture industries.

What Are The Most Popular Types Of Fish You Can Catch Saltwater Fly Fishing?

Now that we've covered a few of the most common freshwater fly fishing catches, let's move on to saltwater species you can expect to see at the end of your line.

Striped Bass

The striped bass goes by many names and is also sometimes referred to as a striper, insider, rockfish, or rock. No matter what you call it, this species has long made its mark on the North American fishing industry. 

You can find striped bass in their natural habitat along the Atlantic coastline of North America, or outside their natural range along the Pacific North American Coast and across reservoirs in the United States.


Weighing in at up to 19lbs (8.6kg) and 41in (105 cm) long is the remarkable bonefish. Fly fishing for bonefish has become so popular in areas like Puerto Rico, southern Florida, and the Bahamas, that many refer to it as its own category: bonefishing.

While bonefishing is primarily for sport, with many fishers releasing their catches back into the wild, the bonefish can be prepared and eaten if you're so inclined.

In Conclusion...

Fly fishing is a fantastic way to diversify your catches and experiment with targeting specific species of fish. And remember, whether you're just looking to dip your toes into the water, or dive in head first, we have you covered with all of the gear you'll need at MaxCatchFishing.

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