How to Be Better at Dry Fly Fishing

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Dry fly fishing is the most popular trend in the angling world.

It makes use of dry flies, which stay afloat and adrift on the water surface. Just like everything in the fly fishing world, this requires technique.

If you want to improve your skills in dry fly fishing, here are a few things to keep in mind, with a little help from Streamside Adventures.

Dress your fly

Your fly is key to your catch. In dry fly fishing, you need to keep yours dressed at all times. Otherwise, failure to check it will make it harder for you to bring one aboard.

“Check to see if the wing(s) have rotated out of position or the hackle is damaged.  You’ll be surprised how often that happens. Dry off your fly,” Streamside shares. You can even try blowing on the fly and slightly blotting it on your shirt sleeve.

Follow the foam

There are a couple of things a foam will tell you: First, it tells you where the main current seams or flow lines are and second, it tells you that there are food items moving along right with it. It will also tell you how bad or good the drift is.

Streamside explains: “If your fly is moving faster or slower than the foam you have a drag issue.  The more the difference in floating speeds, the great the drag issue.”

Have a system

There’s nothing worse than hodge-podging your way from one part of the stream to the next. This is particularly useful when there aren’t any defined fishing areas and they could be just about anywhere.

Streamside shares this neat trick in keeping yourself systematic while fishing: “Start by casting to number 1 on line A – A/  and letting your fly drift back about 6 or 7 feet.  Make your next cast to number 2 on line A – A/  and again let your fly drift back about 6 or 7 feet.  Continue this sequence over to 7.  When I finish with line A – A/  I move forward a couple of steps and start the process over at line B – B/,    and then move on to lines C – C/   and D – D/ . More often than not,  I’ll repeat this sequence of casts one or two more times along each line, often making a few extra cast at a location like the point between C/   and B/.”

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