Dry Flies can be a Problem: Dry flies are a super part of our sport. Not one can deny that. But if you love dry flies too much, dry flies can be a problem.
I was on the river early this morning, working a team of nymphs through some promising water. Things were slow. Which was a bit surprising given the day before this spot had been red hot. But we all have experienced that stuff. Different days often supply different fishing.
Downstream from me a guy was working a dry fly. Awhile later he strolled off to explore new waters. I fished on. After an hour, he reappeared and struck up a conversation. It went like this.
“Anything doing,” he inquired?
“Got one,” I replied.
“Been here six times this season already and have yet to catch a single fish!” he exclaimed with disgust.
“Did Okay here yesterday,” I added. “There’s fish here believe me.”
“Catch’em on nymphs,” he asked?
“Yeah, its the best method on this river.”
“I don’t fish nymphs,” he shot back. “a fish on a dry is more fun that a fish on a nymph. Don’t you agree?”
“Yeah…but a fish on nymph is more fun than no fish on a dry,” I answered.
“Maybe,” he said looking off.
Then asked me if I fished here often. I said no, adding I was just up from Florida for the summer. Next he wanted to know if I fly-fished the salt in Florida. Yes, I told him, inquiring if he fished in the salt too. His answer was no. I kind of figured that, but dug deeper.
“Why not,” I asked?
“Those saltwater flies aren’t really flies….their lures,” he informed me.
“Your Adams dry is a lure too, ” I told him.
At that he shrugged his shoulders and slowly walked off to his car. I guess I hadn’t made my point. Man oh man, dry flies can be a problem. Amigo, the bitter war between Halford and Skues lives on even today.