Reports_5

Recent Posts


Tags

Marty Sheppard Sharks Bill Black Kenny Morrish Nevada Senator Ron Wyden Metolius Salmon habitat boat cleaning stations Pacific ocean Blast from the Past Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Smithers Lahontan Cutthroat Invasives Grand Teton Hardy Reel Morrish's Fluttering Stone British Columbia Corey Koff Deschutes National Forest roll cast Patagonia Big Bugs Oregon Trout Bum Dry Fly Lincoln Motor Company pay it forward Costa Steelhead Sanctuary North Coast: Yellowstone Sea Trout Film Contest Spey Fishing Tips Prineville Cutthroat Trout Willamette Falls Steamboat Creek Twin Bridges Klamath River Mending Maupin Press Release Bauer Fly Reels How to Elk & Sixes Bamboo Rods Christmas Sea lions Ochoco Creek Nautilus Reels Todd Moen Guided Fishing Puget Sound history Goldenstones Scientific Anglers PGE Legos Project Healing Waters Stefan Tritscher Salmon Fly Salmonflies CFR Kate Koff Lost and Found Crooked River Travally native fish Tenkara Home Waters for the Holidays Trailer Trash Thursday Poachers Soft Hackles McKenzie River Roamerica Dale La Follette Sr. Sweden Native Fish Society Frank Amato Bulkley Kamchatka Winston Fly Rods Bonefish Dean Finnerty Abel Reels Cookie Lady Simms State of Jefferson Fly Fishing Collaborative "Clipped" Tying Contest PMDs vintage news Dolly Vardon Casting for Recovery Bass Rob Crandall Salmon Watch Clackamas River Senator Jeff Merkley Sea-run Cutthroat Trout Bum Road Trip Mako Shark Mousing saltwater Nehalem River Rogue River Mia Sheppard F3T Fishing Report Oregon Trout Trail Simon Gawesworth Deschutes River Seychelles Parasite Willamette River Jurassic Lake Bamboo Bruce Buckmaster Fly Tying Pyramid Lake Mexico Travalley Atlantic Salmon Fly Expo Catch Magazine Southern Coast BC Rainbow Trout Clackamas Elk River Winter Spey Strategies Bears Klamath Lake Tarpon Salmon Klamath Oregon Back Roads A River Between Us Frank Moore Metolius River Jason Atkinson Redfish Vets The Creel Road Trip Extinction Kispiox Spey-O-Rama invasive species Trout Trask Caddis fly fishing Water Time Outfitters G3 Waders West Slope Cutthroat Wild fish Renzetti Instagram Redband Trout Deschutes SA Mountain Goats Green Drakes Kickstarter Sage Adventure Winston photography Deschutes River Alliance Streamers A River for Christmas Spring Chinook Northern California Fly Fishers Club of Oregon Olympic National Park Winter Steelhead Atlantic Salmon #keepemwet Williamson River Kenny 5 Legs Carp Soul River Warm Water Bryan Huskey Rio Products Big Trout North Umpqua Bull Trout Oregon Little Creek Outfitters Colorado John Day Trout Spey Fly Fishing Film Tour Craig Montana Florida Keys Kevin Callaway Permit Sandy River Christmas Trees Chum Salmon Rio Klamath Dams Fly Reels Salmonfly hatch Wader Maker Contest Native Trout Green River Summer Steelhead Black Spot Redside Rainbow hatcheries Sage Fly Rods Brown Trout Outdoor Adventure Day Sea-runs Echo FarBank Salmon-Trout Whitefish Wild Steelhead Coalition Alaska LaFollette homestead Argentina Trout Unlimited tippet rings Bozeman Owyhee River Brian O'Keefe ODFW Trout-a-Thon Rio Fly Lines Coat Drive Conway Bowman New Zealand Willamette Coho Fishing License Snow Coho Salmon Fall River flies Eric Neufeld March Browns Keepemwet Fishing Skaters Brian Silvey Douglas County John Day River Pelton Dam Steelhead McKenzie small creeks Black Friday frying pan river Cuba Boston Whaler Montana Columbia River Jay Nicholas Spirit River hot water Steamboat Inn on-line fly shop Small Streams Bill Bakke Chinook Salmon Port Orford

Archive

Camp Water

Camp water is close to home. Here you will find information on stuff happening here in the shop and on our local waters. You'll also find our weekly newsletter feature, Trailer Trash Thursday, a fun collection of fly fishing videos, perfect for a midweek distraction. If you don't get the newsletter, be sure to sign up today!

It's all about the Dry Fly

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DRY-FLY FISHING IS HAILED SPORT SUPERLATIVE BY CRITIC

It's Merely Matter of Time Until Devotees of Floating Hackle Will Predominate on Streams, Declares Winch.

By CAPTAIN FRANK WINCH  Famous Angler and Big Game Hunter

WORDSWORTH says that "angling is the blameless sport." Had I the temerity I would paraphrase this and term dry fly fishing as the sport superlative, for in all the recreative pleasures man will find nothing so supremely enjoyable, so persistently mystifying, so theoretically practical and so damnably scientific. 

Many writers when approaching the subject of using dry fly do so in a sort of apologetic manner, accountable, perhaps, to the fact that there seem to be but few who disregard the criticism that we are attempting iconoclasm of the older method of killing trout with the wet fly. The methods are different, both serving the same purpose, but along varied channels. There will be wet fly fishing just as long as the down streamer denies himself the trial with dry fly, and Just then the wet fly ranks are decimated to the extent of one angler. It will not be again said that Americans are the most sportive race on earth dry flying is a sporting proposition to the nth degree, and it's only a matter of time until the devotees of the floating fly will predominate on our streams.

There are some who incline to the belief that dry fly fishing is the panacea for all trouty diffidence. There are others, self-admittedly adept, who look with disdain on the wet fly and with frock-coated horror on the garden hackle. This is wrong. Dry fly fishing has its points of vantage, also its limitations; it is not the best way to get the most trout, but it is the sportiest way to get any spangled inmate of the whirling riff. Dr. George P. Holden admirably sums up the matter in this manner: "Considering all seasons, weathers and waters, both native and brown trouts, more fish will be caught on the wet than the dry fly, but the latter method is likely to take larger brown trout than native trout. It is pre-eminently the late season method and is more artistic.

"Dry flying is worthwhile; the first rise to the imitation Insect as it floats downstream in full view of the angler will give a thrill never experienced in any other manner of fishing. Endless controversial battles have been waged as to the relative merits of the dry and wet fly systems. The adherents of each are strong in their convictions. It is not, however, my intention to advocate the use of either to the exclusion of the other. Times there are when both come into play, and I concur in the views of a noted British angler who believes that the judicious and perfect application of dry. wet and midstream fly fishing stamps the angler with the hallmark of efficiency. 

It was the writer's privilege some years ago to whip the stream with the Sage of the Beaverkill, through assiduously watching this playmate of the stream as he put poetry and rhythm in his casting, to be able to learn a smattering of the art which to me should be the apex of every angler's ambition, and those of you who have yet to tackle the dry fly, will later agree that this is angling in the fullest measure of good sportsmanship.

Practice is required. Handling a dry fly cannot be taught by description; it must be seen and watched and acquired by practice. Quickness and delicacy of touch, a mastery in managing rod and line, alertness of limb, accuracy of eye and strength, with a habit of attention and observation, these are fundamentals focusing the dry fly. By this mayhap it is understood that the art is difficult; in a way it is. And yet there are but three simple rules for success. First, practice; second, practice, and third, everlastingly practice.

It should be an easy glide for the wet fly angler to slip into the dry game. I do not know of a single dry fly expert who did not do his novitiate with the wet fly. There are many books on the subject which will give the rudiments, but the learning will be done on the stream. Watcha dry fly caster, study his method sand practice. Much of the book lore is buncombe pure and simple, but there is a little volume, not so much on the dry fly, but as a stream pal,that I suggest should be In the pocket of every angler. As yet it has not been my fortune to meet the author, a pleasure only deferred, I trust I refer to Dr. George Parker Holden and his book, "Streamcraft."

Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image

Trackback Link
http://www.royaltreatmentflyfishing.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=12800&PostID=994284&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Contact Us

21570 Willamette Drive West Linn, OR 97068
503.850.4397

2014 Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
Privacy | Legal