Exploring the Beauty & Skill of Dry Fly Fishing
The sport of fly fishing and the industry, itself, has become extensive over the past decade – everything from companies and manufacturers that
supply the equipment needed, to the list of stunning locations across the United States that bring success to the avid fly fisherman, are long and varied. Perhaps it was the ‘River Runs Through It’ film that made many wish to go out into nature and enjoy the beautiful scenery while casting a line and challenging the extremely wise trout. But whatever the cause may be, the sport has become as large as the hunting industry, with more and more sportsmen and women wanting to learn everything they can to get that shot of adrenaline that comes with the first ‘strike’.
What some may not know, however, is that dry fly fishing has also becoming bigger within the fly fishing realm. Done with line and flies that float; a leader is also used that is tapered (3 to 5 meters long), which
makes it almost invisible, where the fly is knotted, to the unsuspecting prey. Different from sinking fly fishing and nymph fishing, the passion for dry flies has exploded in recent years, with more and more events and competitions being held in this category.
What one needs to know is that although trout consume a majority of their food from below-water sources, the rest of their intake comes from the surface-level – and that is enough to keep the fisherman more than busy. And when it comes to beginners, these anglers usually get more of a kick from dry fly fishing, seeing as that detecting a strike is almost instant, and the thrill of seeing the trout strike their fly makes a good first fishing trip even better.
There are many helpful hints for those who wish to make dry fly fishing a routine. And the added plus with this particular sport is that true peace and serenity come along with it. Most anglers will say that dry fly fishing on small, clear streams can bring about a great deal of fun and success, if the angler stays as low to the ground as possible, and as far from the bank as he/she can while moving upstream carefully. It is a fact that trout face upstream, allowing the current to carry most of their meals to them; which basically means that the attention of the fish is usually focused on that ‘tasty’ current. With this in mind, dry fly anglers learn quickly that their prey can be ‘had’ with talent and a little luck.
Keeping the fly dressed is a given, and making sure that you only use a little floatant instead of too much, will help get you closer to that eventual
victory. But one of the most important things an angler must know is where the most perfect places are, where they can learn, practice, and enhance dry fly fishing techniques. The surroundings should be incredible – with not only a wealth of fish to choose from, but a location that makes one feel as if there’s nothing else in the world but them. Some of the very best locales, as anglers will agree, are located in the Western portion of the U.S., so if looking to begin a dry fly fishing journey, it is smart to begin there.
Montana is the most unforgettable of all when it comes to dry fly fishing, as well as any fishing for that matter. It doesn’t get much better than the rivers waiting there to be explored. In Missoula – Bitterroot,
Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers are stunning. But Big Sky Country is also the home of Rock Creek, known for the best brown trout fishing anywhere. Bozeman is also blessed with the Gallatin River running right through their town.
Idaho is yet another state that draws anglers in by the thousands each year. It is no wonder, considering Lewiston boasts Clearwater River, which is one of the best steelhead rivers out there – we’re talking double-digit fish that fight like their own special brand of Gladiator, giving the fisherman or woman a run for their money.
The Snake River is also one talked about by many in regards to the dry fly fishing experience. It is the Henry’s Fork of the Snake that is literally a ‘must-do’ and ‘must-see’ – one of the best dry fly fisheries around. And when it comes to beauty, as the Snake moves into Yellowstone National Park, the last leg of your journey should be spent right there.
From Utah to Arizona to California – the Western United States is truly a wonder for the angler; the sights and sounds are unforgettable…
So what are you waiting for? The fish are waiting!
Original Source: TrekinGear.com