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Remember you can fish certain wet-fly, nymph, and pupae patterns in the surface as a dry. This can be highly effective when fish are feeding just sub surface.  In current conditions,  trout and grayling may appear to be “rising”, but they are actually taking pupae and emergers just before the insect breaks through the surface and flies away.  The weight and style of a wet/pupae pattern will sit just in the surface or hang half-way below the surface when fished as a dry. It can still be effective if it sinks or drags (a little).

Dry the wet fly throughly, grease it and also grease the leader/tippet.  Fish it as you would a dry.  Don’t forget to twitch it once in awhile to imitate the pupae/emerger’s struggle to hatch.


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When the dry fly is dragging because: 

A) It is being pulled in different directions over multiple currents

B) Is being presented at a 90° angle to the current and only gets a short float

C) Is being cast by someone who doesn’t know how to mend or is inexperienced at mending

LENGTHEN THE TIPPET SO THE FLY LANDS IN A PILE OF CURLY LOOSE LOOPS.  This allows time for the fly to float undisturbed and adds length for easier and more controlled mending.

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