Dry Flies or Wet Flies
by Rob R.
(Wichita Falls, TX )
Since starting this Tenkara journey I have caught many fish carp, bass, sunfish, bluegill and of course many trout. In regards to the flies, I have caught fish using dry flies but I have caught many more fish using wet flies, in particular nymphs. One of the things I quickly noticed in Minnesota was I would spot fish surface feeding and there were obvious insect hatches occurring at the time. I had a variety of flies in various sizes so I was trying to match the size of fly to the hatch. Nothing was happening. I got fed up with that approach. I switched to a bead head nymph and cast to the surface feeding trout and guess what? Started catching fish. The two most successful flies I used were Ishigaki Kebari and the bead head nymph. What does this mean? It means I don't worry about whatever is hatching. I won't waste my time watching for the hatch, searching the flies and retrying. Now I just keep the fly in the water. Seems to catch more fish.
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