For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Simple Wet Flies
Wet flies have been a part of fly fishing since the days of Walton, and perhaps before. Some of the patterns are beautiful and rival Atlantic Salmon flies. The wet fly is also a very productive fly representing both aquatic and land based insects as well as small baitfish. While the wet flies I tie and fish won't find themselves in a frame on a wall, they have been found in the lip of a few trout over the years. The simple pattern above is the Dark Cahill. I tie them in sizes 10, 12, and 14.
I fish them both quartering downstream as well as just letting line out and allowing them to drift with the current. At the end of a drift let the fly hang a bit, then twitch it and retrieve.
The Dark Cahill pattern was very effective for me when I fished Monday. I was fortunate to take a few nice brook trout with the simple wet.