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It’s Summer, maybe it’s time to put your indicator away!

July 23, 2011
Author: Trouts Staff

There has always been a known progression in the sport of fly fishing.  First you want to catch a fish, then you want to catch a lot of fish, followed by a desire to catch a lot of big fish.  The next step in the progression of an angler is the ability to enjoy a day for the pure pleasure of being outside, casting a fly rod.  At every stage of the angler progression, there is a tendency to get consumed with certain styles of fly fishing, and I will go out on a limb that one style that most people DON'T get consumed by is dry fly fishing.

I will be the first to admit that recently I have been addicted to the indicator.  I cannot explain why, but it seemed as though every time I went fishing, I would always end up staring at a thing-a-ma-bobber all day long.  Maybe it was the joy of roll casting and single handed spey fishing, or just the idea that fish are always feeding below the surface, but for some reason I had a hard time moving away from the bobber.  So as this spring slowly transitioned into summer, I made a pledge to myself to make a concerted effort to only fish dry flies for the rest of the season.  It's been two months now, and I can say that I haven't missing my Thingamabobbers one bit.  Whether it be casting a dry fly, watching a trout come to the surface and eat a dry fly, or just the fact that I'm doing something different, this has been the best summer of fly fishing I've had in a while (and we haven't really even started the season yet).

So I put this challenge out to all our customers, fish a dry fly every time you hit the water for the next two months.  Feel free to use a nymph as a dropper fly, but make a commitment to put your indicators away for the summer, and discover the joy that comes with watching a trout rise to a fly on the surface.  You may not catch near the numbers of fish every day, but I will guarantee you that every fish you catch will be that much more memorable and satisfying then anything you will catch beneath an indicator.

Posted in |   2 Comments


#1. Posted by Andrew P on July 23, 2011

I’ve been dry flying all summer here in WNC, while my numbers aren’t grand and they aren’t huge, I am enjoying it

#2. Posted by Graham on July 24, 2011


Hard to say no to throwing streamers in the fall, and on slower summer days.

But I like the principle of this dries only.

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