Making Flies Seem Real
It is a fact that the angler who becomes wedded to one way and sticks to that way through thick and thin no matter what the time of year, condition of water, or character of the stream, will catch trout, but the angler who chooses to be versatile in his methods will catch more.
Books on fly-fishing usually dismiss the subject of how to fish the flies with the brief and apparently satisfactory advice: Imitate as closely as possible the actions of the natural insect
Of course, imitation of the natural insect is the thing to strive for, butójust how do you go about it? The result of this advice is that the novice, with the very best intentions, generally skips, twitches, and flutters the flies about on the water, sometimes making them skip gaily up-stream against a sixty-mile current, all in the fond belief that he is imitating nature to the limit. In the opinion of the writer, founded upon a fair success in trout fly-fishing due probably more than anything else to avoiding this sort of nature fake, no worse way of handling the cast can possibly be employed.
Do not skip the flies about over the water. Exact imitation of nature in trout fly-fishing is most closely approached by dry-fly methods; and twitching and fluttering the flies forms no part of the science of dry-fly fishing. By all means, eschew dragging the flies upstream against sixty-mile currents because, as a matter of fact, the natural insect would, of course, be going the other way at "current rates."
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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