Dry and Floating Flies
It is since the dry or floating flies came into such general use in England that the eyed fly has become so popular. The dry flies are very small ones, tied on very small hooks — numbers 12, 14 and even as small as 18 and 20. The bodies of these flies are made of cork, or other material to cause them to float, and the leaders are of the finest gut, such delicate tackle that the uninitiated would think it too weak to catch minnows with, yet the largest trout are taken with them when properly handled. The object is to correctly imitate the flies that the fish are feeding on, in size, form and color, and to keep it on the surface of the water like a live fly. For these the looped snells would be bad, as the loops would make as much disturbance of water as the fly itself. Dry flies are not yet much used in this country, but are arousing more interest among the fly fishermen each season.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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