Fishing with dry flies is possibly the highlight for most fly fishermen. To use a dry fly correctly many things must happen. Our cast needs to turn the fly over in the cast so it lands gently on the water surface film making it land like a genuine fly landing on the water. The fly needs to be carefully tied to present the required trigger points which could be different according to the dry fly we are imitating from a Caddis to Blue Winged Olive. Additionally we need to ensure our leader is well placed so that it is 'disguised' and that means using as thin leader as possible for the trout we are chasing so that it is invisible. Finally we want the fly to land as closely to the point we next expect that trout to 'rise'. With all these magic elements coming together at the same time you will be presented with the highlight of any trout fisherman trip, a superb trout hitting the fly on the surface and battle commencing!
Different species of flies hatch at different times of day and a hatch may be rapid and over quickly! We have been at a river and the conditions suddenly become prefect and we are presented with a 15 minute interval where the trout become pre-occupied with the hatch. Where possible against each department we have added a hatch chart to show you when different flies are hatching to help you in your fly fishing.
An Introduction to Dry Flies
When fishing for River Trout there can be many differing types of fly fishing flies that should be considered to catch trout. Flies fall into 4 major categories of fly types, wet flies, dry flies, nymphs & buzzers or lures. By far the most fun form of fly fishing is dry fly fishing, in some rivers just like the chalk streams of England they are the one flies permitted to be used. A dry fly, as the name suggests, are flies considered to be fished at the surface in the water. They're created to imitate a good quantity of different bugs. There's extremely little to match a dry fly being taken by a for river. Dry flies imitate many different natural flies from mayflies, caddis, sedges, dragon flies, damsels, flying ants and midges. A dry fly is typically cast as a single fly on a tapered leader which turns the dry fly in the cast allowing it to gently fall on the water like the natural insect it imitates.
Occassionally dry flies are sometimes created with no particular insect in mind, such type of artificial flies are called fancy or attractor flies, the Wickham's Fancy can be an example attractor or fancy fly. A number of procedures can be used while using the dry fly starting with traditional casting with a fly line and tapered leader which turns a fly over through the cast allowing it to carefully fall on top of the water like a natural fly, stimulating the Trout. Additional techniques used consist of multiple dry fly rigs and dapping flies. Actually dry fly fishing is possibly the oldest type of fly fishing when long poles used to be used as rods plus fly lines made from horsehair or other natural fibres. These were the original dapping flies!
Modern Dry Flies
Today numerous fly tyers have created dry fly fishing flies, starting from Adams, Ron Steenrods' Hendrickson named after one of his best customers to the modern Klinkhammer. One of the most well-known nowadays will be Klinkhammer designed by fly fishermen Hans van Klinken. The Klinkhammer includes a parachute hackle that floats at the surface, a post that is visible to the angler along with a body that sits over the water surface and tucks down into the surface film imitating an insect emerging from its pupal form. Of all the dry flies obtainable it's the Klinkhammer that should be kept back in each fishermans fly box. Ranging from size 8 to size 22 the Klinkhammer stimulates Trout move toward to the surface and feed.