FISHING THE RISE & Water

by Fly Fisherman

Dry fly fishing is done in two main ways. The first h to fish the rise. This means you watch the stream to locate a trout that is feeding on natural insects on the surface. When you’ve found your feeding trout you carefully plan how best to cast to him—and put on a small scale campaign to get him to take your fly. I’ll show you the stream tactics of a number of such typical campaigns a little later.

FISHING THE WATER
The other way of dry fly fishing is fishing the water—picking out spots where you think trout ought to be and then floating your fly over these places where a feeding trout may be waiting for some appetizing morsel to be brought down to Mm. The best theory is to fish the rise where there are any feeding trout and fish the water the rest of the time. Actually most of us make a combination of the two methods. We wade up the stream watching for natural rises. When we find a feeding fish within range, we concentrate on him but in the meantime fish all the good looking water in between.
An important point to remember is that on the way to reach a feeding fish, cast over any water that may hold a trout. There are two reasons. One is that you will get extra fish. The second is that otherwise you may scare out a trout from the intervening water; this fish will rush upstream and scare the feeding trout you are stalking. That’s another reason for wading or walking around, and not through, these intervening holes.

DRAG
It is vitally important for a dry fly fisherman to analyze the currents of the stream he is fishing and carefully plan his wading and casting to take best advantage of these currents. This is true not only in selecting the proper place from which to cast for each fishing spot, but also to avoid drag on the fly. Drag is any unnatural movement of the fly because of current-pull on the leader or line. Drag may cause the fly to go under water, to move upstream, to move downstream or across faster than the current where the fly is floating.

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