Re: How to fish a dry fly (beginner's question)
like tlcrep mentioned, mending is a big part of Dries as it is when using an indicator and a nymph. You DO NOT want the line pulling the fly. This can be tricky when fishing water that has several different speeds. Sometimes you have to lift the rod up during the drift specially when fly is floating somewhat call flow but you have a riff between you and the fly.
About the only case that you want the line to PULL the fly is when fishing a bait fish imitation (streamer) cause you want the fly floating head first due to the fact that fish will attack "Head First". And I guess Polish Nymphing you want the line to pull the fly.