Dick Pinney's Guidelines: Fly fishing isn't rocket science
Today's fly patterns and so numerous that it's pretty hard to categorize them into the old four distinct types - dry, wet, streamers and nymphs. But that's a good start for beginners and with more experience you can split those categories into dozens of sub-categories, as to your liking.
Let's start with dry flies, often thought of as the epitome of fly fishing. A drag-free drift seems to be the absolute necessity of luring a fish to take a dry fly. Nothing could be further from the truth. Fussy trout and salmon feeding on a hatch of mayflies or caddis may need such a drift but plenty of fish are caught on dry flies by imparting some motion or drag to the fly, especially some of the larger flies such as hopper or cricket patterns.
It's just as easy and in some instances works best on certain fish lies to get downstream of the fish holding water and make an upstream cast. Just before the fly line drops, a quick jerk on the rod and then a drop of the rod's tip will put slack into the leader. The result will be several feet of drag free drift and often a smashing take. This technique is easier to learn than the downstream or across cast.
Dick Pinney's column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email him at DoDuckInn@aol.com.
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