It is in connection with pool and still-water fishing that the use of the dry-fly can most appropriately be considered. It is not at all probable that dry-fly fishing will ever reach in this country the popularity it has attained in England; the average of stream conditions is against it. Fishing with the dry-fly is by no means a new thing and a few American anglers have practiced it for a good many years. Recently, however, much greater interest has been taken in the subject than formerly and for that reason it seems best to include here a brief description of the dry-fly caster's methods.
The following notes on dry-fly fishing—which the present writer could not hope to equal in comprehensiveness, clearness, and brevity—were written by Mr. Alfred Herbert, of Kenilworth, England, and published in Forest and Stream for June 15, 1907. In the opinion of the writer it is the very best short description of dry-fly methods ever printed, and for that reason I take the liberty of quoting, in part, as follows:
"In this style of fishing we invariably fish up stream, and in our clear waters here we are able to see the trout distinctly. The angler looks out for a fish which is actually rising and feeding on the natural floating insect. This, of course, only happens when there is a rise of flies on the water. On some days there will be very little, if any, rise of insects, and consequently very few fish to be caught; at other times, in favorable weather, rises may be more or less continuous during the day, but the best part of the rise usually concentrates itself into short periods, the best time being generally between eleven and three o'clock in the spring, while later in the year there is often a good evening rise after sundown, if the weather is warm and the atmosphere free from mist.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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