This was the first of three threads I am bumping back to life.
My thinking is that we have many members now who were not here in November of 2011 when the three were created, time flies huh.
The replies are full of pictures from members so you may as well read through
In an effort to quell the onset of the winter blues I am going to submit a series of threads focusing on the three major fly types, Dries, Nymph, Winged Wet Flies & Streamers combined because of the shared similarities in tying and fishing these two types.
Dry Fly Purist; as in those persons who would gently toss a dry fly upon the water and carefully mend and drift to a waiting fish rather than anything else. There have been times in my life that no form of fishing could have possibly delivered the joy and satisfaction that i received from the act of fishing the dry fly. Of course the nymph, the winged wet fly and the streamer all have their own time and glory but this thread is meant for the discussion of Dry Fly Fishing. I will put together a nymph & winged wet thread for the subsurface aficionado's this evening so you too have a gathering place all your own.
The dry fly inspires us to gather the finest hackles available, to labor at the vise tying tiny puffs of feather, dubbed furs, and yarns onto and about our hooks. Those hooks ranging from the huge #10 & 12's of the Green Drake and March Brown imitations down to the size 20 and smaller for the Blue Quill and Batis patterns. Each will all receive great attention to detail as we create our dries. I'll be first to admit that this tying & fishing can become a matter of tremendous focus in a fly fishers life. You must not only be able to tie those flies but you have to know when the various hatches will appear on your local waters. Once these two things are in your repertoire you then begin to schedule your life around being at the right place at the right time. Somewhere on the forum I have a thread about keeping journals, these are the key to having the dates and locations pegged year after year.
Bringing it all together, that's what it's about is it not? The flies, the hatches, the fish and of course 'you'. Please feel free to talk dry fly here. Post pictures, tell of the biggest fish you ever took using a dry tied to a gossamer tippet, and lets see what we may be able to learn from one another here.
To set the mood a bit I am going to display some photographs of tackle, materials, and some flies that were the staple of my dry fly life. I may not see many opportunities to fish a May Fly hatch here in Alaska but please believe that the act is dear to my heart.
Two of my favorite dry fly flickers, an old Orvis Far & Fine and a 6' 6" Flea built for me by Ron White of the Orvis Bamboo shop.
Everyone who has ever taken an interest in fly fishing hears the name Royal Coachman, here I use the Royal Wulff.
Another familiar name to all, The Adams, this one circa 1978;
Every Dry Fly fisher has a favorite box, I would have to say this is mine. A Wheatley 32 I got hold of in 1980.
And of course the feathers, over the years we collect feathers. As time went on I gathered the best I could find, years my friend years, so don't worry there's time.
So there's your primer, feel free to build a home for the dry fly fishermen and women here. Show the rods & reels, the flies, the capes, and of course the fish they bring.
I hope this will be of interest to all of us,