I happen to be out on one of my favorite Trout Streams Fishing with Dry Flies.
It is in the spring season or maybe even summer time.
I notice other Fly Fisherman out on this Stream and they were fishing with Nymphs and Wet Flies.
I couldn’t understand why when there was a decent sized hatch going on.
I thought to myself hadn’t these guys been told to “Match the Hatch”?
I just direct my attention back to the Stream and the Hatch that is going on at the time.
Suddenly the water comes alive and a Trout takes my Dry Fly!
Such excitement! The other anglers are grumbling a little because they aren’t having any luck!!
In this Article I want to give you a few tips to help you make the other Fly Fisherman around grumble because you are Fishing with Dry Flies and catching fish and they are not!
Observation is a Must
You need to Pay Attention to what is going on around you.
Even Pay Attention to what the Birds are feeding on as this can give you a clue as to what is Hatching at time time.
Are the Trout sipping on the Flies on the Surface? Careful Observation will help you notice if the Trout are Rising to the surface feeding on the Flies.
You Need to be Prepared
What I mean by being prepared is just that; Be Prepared!
You need to know what is hatching or what Spinner Falls are happening at the time. Study the Stream and fill your Fly Box with imitations of what is Hatching.
Fishing with Dry Flies is the only way to get consistent Strikes when the Hatch is going on!!
Another way of being prepared is to practice your cast. You definitely want to perfect this so that you can put that Dry Fly in just the right area.
When Fishing with Dry Flies you really need a long Leader, I recommend at least a 4 to 5 foot Leader.
This length Leader will allow you to place the right amount of slack behind the Dry Fly to produce a Drag Free Drift.
A Drag Free Drift is a must with Dry Flies, without it the presentation will not appear normal to the Trout!
The Fly Rod
You need a Softness to your Fly Rod when Fishing with Dry Flies. The Fly Rod should not be too Stout.
You need a Softness to your Rod to enable you to deliver a cast that will not Spook the Trout.
A good Fly Rod with a bit of Softness to it is a Must!
Seeing your Fly
In order to make sure your Presentation looks normal you need to be able to See it.
If you can See your Dry Fly you will be able to place it in just the right area and be able to react to the Strike of the Trout that has been fooled by your imitation!
The use of Floatants
Fishing with Dry Flies requires that the Fly Floats.
Carry a good Floatant with you to dress your Dry Fly once it gets “Slimmed” by a Trout.
Once you catch a Trout or two you really should re-dress it with a Floatant to make it float again.
I use “Gink” myself but there are many types out there in Gel Form and even Powders.
Getting the Right Angle
Since Trout normally looks Up Stream, you want to be able to cast your Dry Fly across and slightly Up Stream from where you believe the Trout is.
This also allows the leader and line to be Above the Fly so that the Fly will present itself before the leader and line.
This will allow the Dry Fly to naturally Drift over where he may be.
Fishing in the Evening
Fishing with Dry Flies is often more productive in the Late Evening or low light times.
Sometimes it is just a Spinner Fall or sometimes it may be a Hatch, whichever the situation, the Late Evening (low light) times are the best for the Large Trout.
The Large Trout do most of their feeding during these conditions.
What I am trying to impress on everybody is that Fishing with Dry Flies is the only way to go when there is a Spinner Fall or Hatch going on.
Pay Attention to the Hatches and leave those Nymphs, Wet Flies and Streamers at home. Fishing with Dry Flies is the best and only way to fish during these times. Remember that not all Hatches happen at the same time in different locations, so Observe and Pay Attention to what is going on around you and you should be pulling them in just like the Pros!!
Good luck to you!