Fly Fishing : Techniques of Wet Fly Fishing
who are new to fly fishing consider dry fly fishing the “traditional” way of catching trout. Well, that’s
not entirely true. Wet fly fishing dates back hundreds of years,
well before dry fly fishing came around.
Wet fly fishing is one of the best ways for anglers to get introduced
to sub-surface fishing. Unlike nymph and dry fly fishing, where
skill and practice and precise imitations are needed to effectively
take trout consistently, wet fly fishing can provide rewards quickly
to even beginner anglers. The reason? Well, unlike dry fly fishing
and nymph fly fishing, when using wet flies, the angler is not
attempting to precisely imitate any particular insect.
Wet Fly Fishing : Basic Overview
looking precisely like a particular type of insect, a wet fly
is more an imitation of a stage of life of aquatic insects.
Many wet flies imitate a struggling nymph as it attempts to reach
the surface of the river. These same wet flies also suitably
imitate dead or drowning insects. Either way, one thing about
is that they generally imitate aquatic insects in motion (moving
to the surface, drowning in the water, etc…) – not
just floating merrily along in the current, completely helpless
(although that is done, too!).
unlike dry fly or nymph fly fishing, wet fly fishing can be very
rewarding to beginner anglers. Perfect, or even good
technique, is not needed for new anglers to hook some nice fish.
And the reason for this is because of the way most wet fly fishing
is done – neither requiring perfect casts nor split-timing
when setting the hook.
And to top things off, anglers when fly fishing with wet flies
frequently will use 2 or more flies together. By using two or more
flies together in a dropper setup (described later), an angler
can improve their chances of finding trout interested in the anglers
So, let’s take a close look at how wet fly fishing works,
what is used and why any angler should give it a try – even
on those rivers that are normally the bastion of the dry fly fisherman.
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