Reservoir dry-fly tactics
QWhen boat fishing on a reservoir, such as Grafham, and I want to fish dry flies, what is the recommended set-up, and can I use a WF7 line? Larry Griffin ROB EDMUNDS REPLIES: A WF7 floating line will be fine for fishing dries, as it will allow quick and easy casting. I would keep things simple and fish just two flies spaced equally apart on a 12 to 14-foot leader of 7lb fluorocarbon or copolymer. On the dropper, I always use a slightly smaller fly so size 12 or 14, and a larger pattern on the point, usually a size 10. This will aid turnover. The larger pattern also has a nice large profile/ silhouette and pulls fish up to your cast to investigate, then they often take the smaller, more natural pattern. On English reservoirs, I like to fish amber or red-based dries as the food source is often corixa, pin fry, buzzers etc. On Welsh or Scottish waters, I prefer to use black or claret-based patterns as terrestrial insects make up a larger portion of their diet. Small Hoppers and CDCs are my ‘go to’ patterns and the ‘Unsinkable Dry’ is brilliant in a big wave or when the fish are looking for something with a flatter profile.