I've probably made fewer than 100 casts with a dry fly all year.
Lakes & ponds for bass & pickerel, somewhat different story, I like throwing bugs & such into the lily pads (BLAMMO! FISH ON!) but I catch probably 85% of my trout on streamers, and most of the remainder on nymphs or soft hackles.
I usually go with streamers and nymphs here in Missouri, although when a hatch does appear, I'm not afraid to fish a dry, but streamers and nymphs have been really good as of late. The Browns have been good to me this year. Now about that sandwich, I go with a quick full dip. I know now what will be had with football this weekend. I make a great Eyetalyon Beef. Don't forget the giardiniera relish for the kicker.
I've been a dry fly bigot pretty much for as long as I can remember. The visual aspect of fishing adds significantly to my enjoyment.
My home waters primarily support a large caddis fly population, so I fish with a very active presentation. I tend to view my fly as a puppet, so I very much like to see what it is doing. I will also say that my home waters have a very diverse population of prey, so the fish rarely feed selectively on a single species, rather I think they are in the habit of feeding opportunistically, taking whatever happens to come along. That allows me to successfully fish the way I want to fish, and that might not be the case in all waters. Of course, that may be the fact that initially attracted me to fish where I fish.
I think the other thing with me is I've been doing this so long, my strike reflex is keyed to a visual cue. Seeing the take is what triggers my strike reflex. I find I react alot slower when I feel a take, rather than see it.
It's particularly exciting to me, when fishing clear water to see the fish approach the fly getting ready for the take. Sometimes it's a slow approach, sometimes the fish shoots up thru the water column like a Polaris missile. In either case, it's a fun game not to over react or pull the trigger too soon. It is a fun game I never get tired of playing.
I've pretty much fished this way my whole life, so out of force of habit, it's what I like to do. I find I can catch more than my fair share of fish on top, whether there are hatches going on or not. I have confidence that if I use the right presentation, the fish will respond.
The more and more I get out (having just picked up fly's this summer), I'm really having a lot of fun with dry's. Seems like mainly fishing these has really helped me to develop my cast. Of course I just picked up my first vise this last weekend (great sale online at Cabela's for their deluxe fly tying tools kit, $30 btw!) and have been starting out with woolly buggers and clouser's, so.... looks like the streamers will be getting their turn soon
I'm not much of a bobber fisherman. That kind of fishing was unknown when I started out.
My grandfather taught me to fish when I was a "kneehigh" and he fished really old school with whippy cane rod and a "cast" of wet flies.
Dancing them down the stream. It's a deadly way to fish if you do it right.
All things equal, I'd just as soon fish on top all the time. I know that's not always feasible but it's the most fun.