08/21/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Mahogany Duns
3.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
4.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching (Little Summer Stones)
5.   Slate Drakes - hatching
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Beetles
8.   Grasshoppers
9.   Ants
10. Inch Worms
11. Crane Flies
12. Helligramite
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

Fishing Wet Flies
I'm at home today and have been for the last few days where we have continued to
be blessed with more rain. It sure beats the dry, hot waterless days we had during
the recent drought. The little creek below my house was running brown yesterday
afternoon. I haven't checked the rainfall amounts and water levels but I would think
the water is up and maybe even off color in at least some of the park's streams. I
had been posting articles for the last four day on "the Dog Days of Summer" and it
occurred to me thats not the situation right now, even though its the right time of
year. Our days have been fairly wet and cool lately, opposite of dog days.

I was posting some pictures on my Perfect Fly site of the Encampment River in
Wyoming that were taken when the water was high. It occurred to me that the water
may be high and fast enough in the park that swinging a wet fly could be productive
in some of the mid elevations and possibly even lower elevation streams. It is also a
good way to catch a larger brown trout. Swinging wet flies is one of the oldest
methods of fly fishing there is. Recently, it seems to be gaining in popularity. Some
of the old wet fly patterns have been just about forgotten about.

The way you fish a wet fly is really fairly simple compared to how you fish dries or
nymphs. When you are wet fly fishing you are using drag to your advantage. You
are letting drag work for you rather than against you. The basic presentation is to
cast the fly down and across the stream and allow the fly to swing around directly
below you in an arc. You may or may not mend the line depending on the
circumstances. When it reaches a point directly downstream, the fly is then just
allowed to rise to the surface and drift in the current for a few seconds.

This method works great in streams where the trout feed opportunistically. The fly is
supposed to imitate a nymph or larva that has lost its grip or become dislodged
from the bottom and is drifting downstream. The trout rise to the surface and take
the fly similarly to the way they take a dry fly. In some cases you may want to add
weight above the fly to help get it down near the bottom. When the rod tip is
stopped the fly will rise all the way back to the surface because of the water drag,
This method works best in deeper runs. In other cases where you are fishing
shallow riffles and runs, you may want to fish the fly unweighted and just get it down
a few inches.

You can also get a weighted fly down in deep water by casting up and across and
allowing the fly to swing all the way around to the down and across position. This
gives the fly and your mends more time to get the fly down. You just have to be
aware that a trout may take the fly anywhere during the swing, so you need to
watch you line and leader. Often you can feel the fish when it takes a fly during the
swing.

When you don't get a take on a cast or two, take one or two steps downstream and
repeat the process. You can fish the entire length of a run like this. You can fish a
bank this way if you position yourself out in the stream and fish back towards the
bank. It is a good way to cover a lot of water fishing the most likely places a trout
may be holding.
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