wet fly fishing: a perfect technique for beginners
Wet fly fishing or Wet Fly Swing as our English friends like to say is a super easy and effective method to use. Especially if you are new to the world of fly fishing. You will discover 7 practical and clever tips. As well as detailed instructions to get started.
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Drowned fly fishing
If you talk around you about fly fishing drowned on the rivers. one of the answers that often comes up is “yeah drowning is an old fashioned fishing method”.
Listen to me for a moment and I will share it with you. of this old school fishing technique but terribly effective.
Have you probably heard of dry fly fishing or nymph fishing? One of these techniques has been relegated to the background by certain more recent techniques.
Maybe drowned flies are no longer sexy enough. Is that a bit what our farewells did long before us?
Let’s try to peel the peach to get you to change your mind. As I am remaking the whole STAR WARS series, I will try to imagine my words as much as possible.
Imagine that I am a master Yoda and that you are Luke Skywalker. My role is to show you the strength of the drowned fly so that you can defeat the wild trout empire.
The basics of drowned fishing
Here you will see the basics of wet fly fishing. So that you master a technique used to catch a fish. And those regardless of your skill level.
Without making fun of you. Dry fly fishing is a great throw. On the other hand, for the drowned woman, the real problem is to deal with repetitions and breakages.
I promise you loud and clear. At the end of this article, you will have a new technique that you can use to catch your first fish this week.
What fishing gear for the drowned fly?
One of the great advantages of wet fly fishing is that it does not require complex equipment.
Here, no need for big indicators or to overlook your line. Plus we don’t have to worry about which type of fly to choose.
For drowning fishing, you can use a 9-foot silk rod of 5 or # 6. Add a line the length of the cane to your silk. And you’re ready to go.
As wet fly fishing is a simple technique. You will not need all the necessary equipment from the start. This is why it is an excellent tactic for beginners.
How to throw a drowned fly with your cane?
If you are used to flying fishing for trout or with other techniques (lure, fake, etc.). So, you will have to distort yourself a little. Let me explain.
In general, wet fly fishing is practiced in downstream fishing. That is, going down the stream of the river. The opposite of known techniques for trout fishing, where it is advisable to go upstream (upstream fishing).
Thus, you start your assembly downstream and across at an angle of about 45 degrees to the current. Look for a rifle-like habitat that has a uniform current and is not too deep.
Watch this short video that describes the action of wet fly fishing.
You can see in the video how easy this technique is to throw a drowned fly. Of course, if you use heavier streamer type flies. Then things will get a little more difficult. But, at first, I strongly advise you to use flies built with a hackle (see below).
It’s a great way to cover the water when you’re not sure where the fish are standing. See the technique below for more details.
The wet fly technique
Wet fly fishing is exactly what it looks like. You launch your fly train on the water in a methodical way to cover a maximum of ground. If you come from lure fishing, call it power fishing.
If you don’t know where the fish are in the currents. So, this is a very effective method.
Discover the steps for effective wet fly fishing:
credit photo by Pinterest
- Start by approaching to cover the water in front of you. (note: on large rivers, many beginners walk on fish that head to deeper waters).
- For each throw, do it at an angle of about 45 degrees downstream and across. See the photo above in step A.
- After making your throw downstream and across. Most of the time, you will want to perform a mending to reduce the speed of your silk drift ( see the video below ). When drowned, controlling the speed of your fly is the key to success. So be sure to use mending to make sure your fly shows up naturally.
- Once your line is in fishing action again, keep it tight while you are drifting, so you can feel all contact with a fish.
- Once the current has flown fly below you. Make sure you let your fly train hang for a few seconds. Very often, trout can catch the fly during which it describes an arc of a circle. So be prepared.
- After a few seconds of suspension, take a step or two downstream, take the line and make a similar throw at a 45-degree angle.
- Repeat these steps until you have finished combing the current.
- See the tips section below for other great reminders.
Models of drowned flies
Hackle flies are pretty much the norm for drowning. This video shows you one of the most classic hackle flies of all time.
If you walk on the banks of the Tarn in the 1st category. You will see the number of fishermen using it. It is a fly that I used at the time when I was fishing with a water bubble. I rediscovered it for wet fly fishing.
You can use any of these drowned flies to fish effectively. You don’t have to worry about the hook because the fish will do it for you. Just keep the tip of your cane down and hang on.
Streamers can also be fished with this technique. Unfortunately, I find that these are very can use in France.
7 practical tips for combating wet flies
- Always keep the tip of your fishing rod low and follow your fly through its drift.
- For large fish, use a shock loop.
- Use a fly train (2 or 3 flies) to improve your chances of success (see photo below)
- Don’t hesitate to make your flies a little more flashy. Add a bit of flash or a bit of UV to make them more vivid. It’s not a must, but purple, pink, and hot spots seem to be the current trend, so why not give it a try.
- Replace your silk as many times as necessary to keep a natural drift.
- Let your fly swing at the end of the drift (also called “hangle down”) – See the “Technical” section above
- Find active fish and stay with them. Once you’ve caught a current and found the places or hit the keys. Be sure to write them down and spend the most time on the next time.
- I challenge you not to catch a fish with the drowned fly technique.
- My final piece of advice is to always challenge yourself. What are you going to try again today?
Conclusion on wet fly fishing
As stated in this article and in many other links. One of the most effective methods of catching trout is through wet fly fishing. Especially when you are new to fly fishing.
Drowned fishing is an old traditional method, which suits me all the better. This is because much of the equipment is simple and not bling.
Have you researched former fishermen who raised awareness of fly fishing? Do you know who paved the way for you to discover it?