Whats great about dry flies

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    Scotty MacFly

    Compared to other styles, a few things.
    The dry fly is the butterfly as the nymph is the worm. I like beautifully tied dries, not to say that you couldn’t tie a beautiful PT. But looking at the real things, once the nymph emerges & becomes the insect, lets say a mayfly, its the finished product that flies off somewhat gracefully that we wait so long to see rise up. Face it, a stone fly looks like something from a sci-fi movie.

    Also, we don’t need to carry split shots or any kind of indicators like nymph fishermen do. We simply have a lighter load to carry. If we need an indicator, we tie on a duo rig and we still are fishing dries.

    The take is the most special of all. First, we get to see it, and when it happens we know the game is at its peak. Unlike nymphing, we have to feel the take or use an indicator to tell us we have a fish. BORING.
    We all like to see that fish aggressively take our offering, and it happens so suddenly. To me, its always a wonderful surprise, and if you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss it.

    With nymphing, even Chech nymphing, you’re just tossing the line into the seam or pocket & leading the fly at the proper pace not really knowing what’s happening below.
    With dry flies, the accurate casting pin pointed to the desired location. Making that fly land like a snowflake, working the tip of the rod, bringing in line, controlling the drift so not to get drag, its addicting.

    I simply can’t put it into better words, I love this sport. Its old, its classic, stylish. The sport of kings.



    To a nymph fisherman, dry fly fishing is too easy because you can see the take. Both sides have a point.

    Different strokes and all that.


    Scotty MacFly

    Ok, who are you & what did you do with creek? 😀



    I’m not agreeing with the nymph fisherman, but they do have a point. I don’t use just dry flies because I think it’s harder than other methods. It’s just the method I enjoy the most.

    You want to upset a nymph fisherman? Tell him you don’t need to know how to cast to fish nymphs. They blow a cork and they need that cork to fish with. 😀



    Whenever this comes up, I often think of this old article and Tapply’s perspective. For me, its not because its the “easiest” way, it’s much more for the visual aspect. But there’s a lot of truth to the easy part too in many situations. I just find fish and places where I can still choose more challenging situations and fish.

    The Truth About Dry-Fly Fishing
    by William G. Tapply

    To some of us, the sport is really quite simple…

    Behold the dry-fly purist, with his form-fitting neoprene waders, bulging vest, expensive graphite rod, and fancy English reel. He speaks Latin fluently and spends more time studying insects than casting to trout. He’ll be happy to bore you with the hoary traditions of dry-fly fishing, its ancient and honored roots in England where it all began about 200 years ago, where they’re called anglers, not fishermen, and where his counterparts still fish by the strict rules of the river: upstream dry flies only – and only to rising trout, the sporting way.

    The purist insists he doesn’t care about actually catching trout. He’s above all that. He’d rather get skunked than demean himself by using anything but a dry fly. Well, at the risk of getting booted out of the Fellowship of Purists, I’ll let you in on our secret: We dry-fly snobs like to catch fish as much as you do. Sportsmanship, tradition, artfulness, and aesthetic values have nothing to do with it. We happen to know that dry-fly fishing is the easiest way to catch trout. That’s why we like it.

    Sure, there are times early in the season when trout sulk on the bottom of the stream. If they eat anything, it’s a worm or a flashy spinner or a weighted nymph, fished deep and slow. But trout are mainly insect eaters. They’re most vulnerable when they’re gorging on bugs at the surface, as they do at least part of virtually every day of the season. At those times, anybody with modest skill and a dry fly that even vaguely resembles the insect the trout are eating can catch them easily. Consider these factors:

    1. Surface-feeding trout betray themselves and their precise locations. We dry-fly fishermen know when we’re casting to a hungry trout. This knowledge gives us the confidence, patience, and persistence to concentrate on our goal: to catch that trout.

    2. We know that when trout are at the surface, their range of vision is limited. Because we can locate our targets, we can stalk them. By approaching these fish from downstream and getting close to them, we are able to make short, accurate casts without spooking them.

    3. When trout are feeding off the surface, there’s little guesswork to selecting the right fly. We can see what they’re eating simply by observing what floats past our waders. We don’t need any Latin to choose an imitation; we know that a general approximation is usually close enough.

    4. We can see how our line, leader, and fly drift on the water, so our mistakes are visible. If the fly fails to pass directly over the fish, our cast was inaccurate. If it drags unnaturally across the surface, that tells us why he didn’t eat it. Whatever we did wrong, we can correct.

    5. We can tell how the trout responds to our fly. If he sticks up his nose and sucks it in, we lift our rod, set the hook, and bring him in. If he refuses a fly that floats directly over him without drag a few times, we know we must change flies or change tactics.

    6. Even when trout aren’t actively rising, they’re often eager to take dry flies. Drifting a big white-winged floater through riffles and pocket water is about as easy as trout fishing gets.

    Article courtesy of http://www.fieldandstream.com



    The take is the most special of all. First, we get to see it, and when it happens we know the game is at its peak.

    Right there, that’s it for me too. I’ll never get tired of bringing a trout (or bass, or bluegill, or any other fish) to a floating fly



    I always hate to read the description of the British snob who fishes the chalk streams as THE dry fly purist. That might have been true 100 years ago and may still be with some Brits. It sure doesn’t describe the American who enjoys and fishes just dries. Whatever reason he does it.

    I fish just dries because I want to and don’t give a crap what others think about it. I feel no need to explain why I do it.


    Scotty MacFly

    I have a friend in Ireland who says fishing in Ireland is much better than South England.
    He likes dries as well, and yet wants to pursue other options like nymphs and such.
    I have nothing against a well rounded fisherman/woman. I fish wets as well as dries, and I will throw a small nymph on behind a dry to mix things up, but that may only be once or twice a year. I’d rather fish a duo of dries because, well, to me its more fun, and I don’t seem to tangle my tippet & leader as much. And trying to get knots out of a furled leader is not fun & time consuming.

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