September 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm #7037
It’s been discussed before, but I have been thinking about it in detail. What about it drives me so? Well, maybe some of the reasons I like about it, you may, or may not agree with, and you won’t get any argument from me because it’s different for everyone.
Let’s start with the fly. I love a beautifully tied dry fly, so that automatically disqualifies the flies I tie unless I by chance get lucky with one. The wings, being the same size and how they curve outward. The hackle, how much or little used is definitely an eye catcher to me. Then the body, whether it’s made of fur or synthetics, it doesn’t matter to me as long as it looks uniformed. The tail, I have seen so many styles on the same patterns, I have to wonder what is the actual correct way, a bushy tail, or a tail that has just a few fibers. But that’s again the beauty of it, it’s up to you how you want it to look I guess. Though I hear too much tail and too big of wings can actually harm the way the fly is supposed to work.
But to take a beautifully tied fly, and see it drift along perfectly is to me a pleasure to see, because it brings the anticipation of the take.
The casting; it’s just so rhythmic. To feel the rod load and unload in my hands is pure therapy to my nerves, and soul. To hear the rod swoosh back and forth goes wonderfully with the sound of a gurgling creek. I swear, if you have stress, go cast a fly rod a few minutes a day and see if it doesn’t help.
It’s also a game of accuracy. Can you hit the mark the size of a coffee can lid 40 feet away? If not, practice, because you may have to someday.
The perfect dry fly rod. This is where it really gets into the different opinions from different people. The rod is a personal thing to each of us, and deserves no disrespect. The material the rod is made of is purely of a personal liking. Graphite, fiberglass or bamboo, I like them all, but only in certain actions and flexes. I don’t like really fast action rods because there’s no feel, and to me if there’s no feel, there’s no life. It must ( to me ) have a smooth flex down the blank of the rod whether it be a mid flex or a mid/tip flex. I like these rods because I can slow down to my pace and it helps with my accuracy as well. I love my bamboo rod for dry fly. It’s med/fast for bamboo, and has a wonderful feel in my hands casting and playing a fish. But what a perfect dry fly rod is to me, may not be to you. And I’m sure there is a rod out there I would like better than my bamboo. Heck, it could be the bamboo I am having built now, which will be a little slower than the one I have now.
The presentation. This is where it all counts. Unlike using nymphs we have to keep as much line off the water to eliminate as much drag as we can. But not always depending on the water type. And as for nymphs, yes, they can drag as well, but to me it’s not as easily detected. Working a dry fly is work indeed, and it takes concentration and timing.
Casting upstream, working the line by lifting the rod tip and stripping in line at the perfect speed is crucial to success. Yes, you can strip too fast that you’ll cause your own drag. But once the timing is down, and you have that natural drift happening, the only thing you have to wait for is a take.
Casting up and across, that’s different. Mending is what you need to be good at, and I have seen so many people with different mending styles, where just a little flick of the line is all that’s needed, to lifting the entire line to the fly is done. That to me is very difficult and not really needed. If you can mend the line to slow down the fly to match the speed of the current without pulling the fly, that’s all you need. How you do it is up to you.
Then, when everything comes together, you will sooner or later be rewarded with seeing the take. This is the pinnacle of it all. This is the moment we wait for. This is the time when we know everything we have perfectly done comes into play; the take.
Now, some people fish to catch fish, and for different reasons. I fish to fish, and seeing the fish rise to my fly is what’s important to me. I don’t care if I catch it and bring it to hand, or lose it. It’s being able to do everything beforehand correctly to entice the fish to take that’s important to me. Otherwise, I’m just out in the water flinging a line back and forth for no reason.
It’s the take I desire to see more than anything. Sometimes it’s a slight slurp, barely visible, to a vicious attack where the fish comes completely out of the water. There is nothing, I say nothing, better than fishing flies on the surface. Nymphing, you’re looking for your strike indicator to move, or feeling the tug. You don’t get to see the real action that way. Even if I can’t see my fly on the surface, I still see the take of the fish, and that at times is even more fun because it’s unexpected.
I’m sure I can come up with other things to why I like fishing dry fly so much, but I think I covered it pretty much.October 2, 2017 at 11:44 am #7079
Now, you’re getting the hang of it Scotty.October 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm #7081
Where the heck have you been? You only need one bear creek, my goodness, you should have been back by lunch time the first day. 😃
I’m glad your back, seriously. I was getting worried something happened.
As for my thread, I think I always down deep had it, I just never realized it like that before, breaking it all down like that.
Yeah, dry fly is where its at. There’s nothing like fishing on the surface, and I’d even would go as far as saying the same for conventional fishing.
How was the hunt? You did get your bear, didn’t you?
October 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm #7083
- This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by Scotty MacFly.
You know, it just hit me. They say when it comes to being a great fisherman, it comes down to one split shot. That’s fine and dandy for nymphs. But dries are a completely different game all together in my book.October 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm #7087
Comes down to one split shot is definitely something a nymph fisherman would say. As you know it means you have to find the right depth where the fish are. We don’t have such silly decisions to make with dry flies. Our only concern is the surface.
The hunt was fun, but it will be my last one. I’m retired from hunting and will just fly fish from now on. I have something to say about the fly fishing, but will put it in the tackle forum.
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