Dry fly-fishing

One of the most enjoyable aspects of fly-fishing is that you can wander along the side of a river without being weighted down with a lot of tackle. All you need is a box of flics and a few sundry items in a small haversack. You can carry your rod and landing net. Dry fly-fishing is to my mind one of the nicest ways of catching fish. The nylon leader should be greased with silicone line grease to make it float, and whatever pattern of dry fly you choose should be dipped in silicone fly floatant. Let the liquid dry for about a minute before casting and the fly will float for a long time.

Dry fly-fishing is normally practised by casting upstream and across so that as the line drifts back towards you with the current, line can be drawn in with the spare hand so you keep in contact with the fly. Let the line you draw back fall at your feet so that when you recast you can let it shoot out again, and do not have to start pulling it off the reel. When you see a fish rising, try to get reasonably close to it without scaring it. Cast up and across to the fish so that as the fly passes into the vision of the fish it isn’t preceded by the line. Try to remember when casting to a fish that they are facing upstream into the current. Cast about a metre in front of the fish rather than directly on to its nose end. When trout are stationed just under the surface the rise is likely to be a very gentle one as the fish sucks the fly under. Never be in too much of a hurry to drive the hook home and try to straighten up rather than strike hard. Just hold the loose fly-line with one hand and raise the rod with the other. To strike hard will almost inevitably break the nylon point.

Grayling are fish which can be very difficult to hook at times. This problem arises because grayling have undcrslung mouths and have to rise in a vertical position to take the fly and then roll over. It pays to watch for the nylon leader to move forward when dry fly-fishing for grayling.