and Brown Trout Fishing Flies|
I call this fly the wet-dry fly because of its ability
to stay dry on landing even though you are using a sinking
line. When your line is sinking and under the surface, the
fly can be stripped imitating a minnow.
The wet-dry fly came about due to a specific need and so was tied by a group of
anglers fly fishing Alerces Park, in Argentina back in 1991. In the first two
weeks of January of that year there was a great amount of dragonflies. The brown
and rainbow trout were jumping at dragons along the reeds of the lake shore We
did not have a fly pattern that large and if I recall no one was tying commercially
adult dragonflies at the time.
It just happened that one of guys in the group, Bob Nauhiem of Fishing International,
had some extra long number 2 hooks in his fly tying kit. We thought that the hook
would probably sink rather fast and so we had to tie the hook with good hackles
to get it to float. We needed to imitate the long body of the dragonfly, so we
took two long feathers leaving the ends past the shank to look like a tail and
then palmering the rest forward to the eye. This gave the hook good buoyancy and
it worked well with a floating line.
We caught a lot of fish with this fly. In fact it was so good that due to the
short supply of hooks on hand only two flies per day per Angler were handed out
and we still never made it through the week.
Later, I discovered that with a sinking line we could also
strip the fly imitating a minnow and this was a great combination.
Another nice thing about the wet-dry fly pattern is that
when you make a couple of false casts after picking it up
out of the water it dries out and is ready to float again.
This wet-dry fly is a good option to have with you when
you fish the lakes and rivers of Argentina and Chile.