The 5 best trout dry flies
There are few more heart-stopping moments than the instant a brownie rises in the water column to snatch your dry. A moment of calm before the surface erupts and the reel starts singing.
When it comes to trout, getting to grips with the realms of pattern possibilities can be much like trying to decipher the assembly instructions to a spaceship. A deep knowledge of entomology is a plus when employing match-the-hatch style tactics. And with names such as 'Ephemeroptera', 'Palaeoptera' and 'Ephemerella ignite'; a degree in Latin wouldn't go a miss either.
It's a different ball game to salmon. I always thought I knew my stuff when it came to fly fishing, but sat around a campfire with SSG editor Marcus Janssen, trout nut Paul Procter and Kiwi fishing wizard Ian Cole, delving into the mechanics of dry fly trout fishing, I soon realised I was several rows short of a full fly box. These guys are to trout what Celtic are to Scottish football. I, meanwhile, am still dilly-dallying around in my garden trying to work out whether I'm left- or right-footed.
So, this post is probably for those who fall into the latter category rather than the experienced 'anglers' who can pinch a midge-sized insect in mid-flight, glance over its conformation, and instantly know the detailed pattern that will bring success.
The world of dry fly fishing is complex, but when-trout-are rising, it is surely one of the 'most exciting times to have a rod in your hand. Here are the 5 dry flies that must be in your box'
1. Parachute Adams
3. Blue-Winged Olive
4. CDC Olive Emerger