I watched an amazing thing the other day, as my friend Nate cast into a run with a pair of dry flies (a hopper and a parachute Adams)… He first tried casting classic style, upstream into the run. Nothing. Then he took a shot or two at a fish holding tight to the bank from an upstream angle. Again, nothing. But as those flies swept out of the run he was targeting, they sank, and slid in front of a rock in the middle of the river. Bingo. Another cast… he let those flies sink and sweep again. Another fish. We ended up fishing most of the afternoon the same way, classic “wet fly” style, only with a couple of dries. It was deadly.
I sometimes think wet fly fishing is a lost art. Does anyone out there still regularly fish wet flies?