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Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Dry Flies

By July 5, 2014 No Comments

catch-and-release 1- Always keep a variety of dry fly patterns and sizes in your box.  In the summer the hatches are fairly predictable and fisherman typically know what hatches are possible and what trout will be feeding on, especially on their favorite rivers.  However, even if you think you know what you are going to find on the river you should still take a wide variety of patterns and sizes or take a vise with you to the river.  Fish may be feeding on cicadas, but sometimes on different waters the cicadas may have a slightly different colored body.  Yellow sallies may be hatching, but they may be a different size on different rivers.  If you have the right color or correct size to match the insects on the section of river you are fishing it could be the difference between catching 2 fish and 20 fish. 2- Never be afraid to try big attractor patterns.  Fisherman often go smaller and smaller when they encounter picky fish feeding on small insects.  Sometimes this is what it takes to catch these picky fish, but occasionally these fish want to see something different and a big attractor patter is just the ticket.  I always keep some big stimulators, royal wulffs, chernobyl ants, foam hoppers and beetles in my box no matter where I fish.  I have encountered fish sipping small tricos, but was unable to catch them with small trico patterns.  I soon as I put on a big foam hopper the fish smashed the fly with no hesitation. 3- Watch for fish in skinny water.  Many of the best fisherman I know catch some of their biggest fish in skinny water.  This is often underneath overhanging bushes, behind rocks, tucked behind logs in the river, or sitting on the inside of a bend.  These fish are often the biggest, smartest fish in the river and are hiding in inconspicuous spots where they are hidden from predators and most fisherman pass right by them.  These spots are often shallow and the fish are often watching the surface.  They can be difficult spots to get a good drift, but can be fished properly if you can get a good drift by positioning yourself correctly, using a parachute cast, or casting upstream and letting the fly drift underneath the overhanging bush or branch.  You will often be rewarded by a hard take by big fish if you notice this skinny water and fish it properly. Check out this great video by Orvis for more tips on dry fly fishing: See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons]]>

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