Reser­voir dry-fly tac­tics

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice Squad -

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.

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