Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fly Fishing: How to Use Wet Flies

When most people think of fly fishing, they picture a man on a river casting dry flies to a rising river. But the reality is only a small portion of fly fishing uses dry flies. The majority of fly fishing is done using wet flies. Here are some suggestions on fishing with wet flies.

Wet flies are ties that try to imitate aquatic bugs. Depending on your location and the time of year, these bugs may be very small or quite large. Whatever size they are you need your fly tied to the same size fish hooks. The goal is to present the fish a bug they are used to eating.

One of the best ways to use wet flies is to use a weighted fly line. This is a fly line that is filled with weight for the last few feet so the line sinks to the bottom of the water. Then use a split shot weight to hold the leader and tippet on the bottom.

When you cast out your fishing cast, wait for the line and fly to sink to the bottom before you strip in the line. As you strip in the line use various speeds as well as directions. Change directions of the line by holding the tip of the rod to the far left and then to the far right.

Another way to use a wet fly is to tie it with a bead head. The bead head is shiny and weighted, but will bounce up and sink. These flies act like non aquatic bugs that have fallen into the water and are struggling. Ants are a good example of this. When trout fishing take a bead head ant pattern and cast it towards the shore of a stream and let it float down the current.

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