To catch a fly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll need to grab some trash.
Sometimes when fishing you’ll bring up Boots, Tires, or even Cans. While these can be made into some DIY furnishings, they also are used to attract flies. You can also use Spoiled Turnips to attract flies, but these will also attract ants.
To nab a fly, set down some trash in an open place outside. You only need one of the items to spawn one fly, but if you slap down more, you have more opportunities for flies to spawn. Eventually, you’ll see a fly buzzing around the trash. It’ll fly circles around the trash items and land every now and then. If you don’t see flies immediately, do a couple laps around your island. It took a bit for the flies to show up. Once you see one, simply equip your net and catch it.
After you’ve collected the fly for the Critterpedia entry (and possible Museum donation), you can toss the trash or use it to craft furnishings. Unless you want to have a fly collection or a fly model from Flick, it’s best to pick trash up off your island, as it’ll negatively affect its town rating.
If you’re having a hard time finding trash, you can take your chances on a Mystery Island Tour, as sometimes you may get an island that only has trash in the waters.
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- Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 5
- Getting started 7
Learn the basics
- Every tool’s durability and how long they last
- What happens when you eat fruit
- How to send letters with presents (and wrap them)
- How to cure a wasp sting
- How to move rocks
- How to make chat less insufferable
- What time does the new day start?
- How to customize your phone
- How to turn any photo into a pattern
- How to poop 💩
- Guide to Dreaming and Dream Addresses
- How to back up your island
Buildings and structures
- Upgrading your house
- How to unlock the Shop, the Museum, and more
- How to unlock the Able Sisters tailor shop
- Guide to the Museum
- How to move items and manage your pocket and house inventory
- How to move and rotate furniture
- How to move buildings
- How to build bridges and inclines
- How to upgrade Nook’s Cranny
- Catching critters 9
- Farming for items 9
- Upgrades 7
- Making money (Bells) 6
- Nook Miles 3
- Character and island customization 9
Villager visitors and NPCs
- Complete amiibo guide
- How to make a villager move out
- How to get K.K. Slider
- How to get a 3 star town rating for K.K. Slider
- How to sell bugs to Flick the vendor
- How to sell to the new fish vendor, C.J.
- K.K. Slider song list, music guide
- Jolly Redd’s art, real or fake?
- Celeste Star Fragment DIY recipe list
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons winter Snowflake DIY recipe guide
Seasonal event guides
- Maple Leaf DIY recipe list
- Summer Shell DIY recipe list
- Mushroom DIY recipe list
- Festive Season DIY recipe list
- Perfect Snowboy guide and DIY recipe list
- Young Spring Bamboo recipe list
- Cherry-blossom Petals recipe list guide
- Bunny Day event guide
- Acorn and Pine Cone recipe list
- How to make custom fireworks
- Raffle guide and rewards list
The game’s community
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