Of Flies and Their Use

by Fly Fisherman


ONE COULD get oneself seriously enmeshed in this somewhat controversial subject and I present my findings and recommendations with temerity even though I have sincere convictions. I am presuming that you are a trout fisherman, You would hardly become seriously attracted to the construction of usable flies unless you were, or at least had the desire to be one.
Part of the pleasure of fly fishing is experimentation. Were we to have discovered that “Killer” fly which all of us, since the days of Walton, have searched for, fishing would become mechanical and monotonous. At some periods of fishing we may believe that we’ve found the fly but a few hours later it seems to have become poison for all the action it develops.

Follow the suggestions of writers and friends, if you will, not as a statement of finality but as a personal experiment. There is hardly a thrill comparable to the discovery of how wrong an expert can be at times, particularly when it concerns the idiosyncrasies and contrariness of the trout species.
One fisherman-writer might state that he uses no dry fly larger than a sixteen, another that he uses nothing smaller than a twelve. Both are probably correct in accomplishing the maximum result. The fact is, the actual sizes of the same species of the aquatic fly varies in different localities and in different altitudes. The proper procedure to follow is to match, if possible, the size of the fly emerging or “hatching” on the water you’re working. I said, “If possible,” and many times it isn’t. However, this is not a serious matter. SIZE of the fly, within reason, is probably the least of the fly fishing requisites.

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