Dry fly fishing

by Fly Fisherman

Dry fly fishing is by far the simplest, also the easiest, method of fly fishing for trout and many other fish. You can, usually, see the fly on the water—you have a pretty good idea as to whether it’s a good presentation or not—you can see the fly taken and you can see whether it created interest in the fish and was then rejected for some reason. Less knowledge of fish habits is necessary and less knowledge of the stream itself is needed to successfully fish with the floating fly.

Your major objective in the use of the dry fly is to sell your prospective fish into the idea that the tiny feathered creature, so jauntily bobbing down his food channel, is a toothsome tidbit that he should grab off. Invite the trout to smite the fly but do not insist by placing it directly at his nose. Tease a bit, your success will be greater.

Although dry flies can be fished downstream or across stream on occasion when necessity requires, it is almost imperative for favorable outcome that the fishing be done against the current. The fish has his back to you and is not suspecting that a villain is sneaking up on him with murderous designs and directing his deadly fraudulent enticer right smack dab where he can most easily gulp it down. An amusing fact, considering the way we fish now, is that previous to circa 1850 the upstream cast was regarded as unsportsmanlike an abominable act, a heresy, a sin and a shameful practice.

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