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Drag Free

Posted 06-30-2014 at 11:19 PM by jslo

I have a guide friend who is an avid hatch matcher. He will carefully pump the stomach of the first trout he catches, and dutifully inspect the contents. He will then tie on whatever the trout he caught has been eating.

Figuring out what bugs are on the river via watching what's buzzing around me, or looking under rocks is my own preferred method! I'm not much for stomach pumping.

On the other hand, function over form says: An elk hair caddis with a dropped copper john behind it on a drag free drift might catch more fish than trying to match the hatch perfectly without a good drag free drift. Try and say that five times fast!

Point is, mastering the art of the drift with any fly accounts for more strikes than does having the exact right fly! A hatch matched fly on a bad drift is worthless.
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