When most people think of “Dry Flies” they think of Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It or something along the lines of a bamboo fly rod delivering a small mayfly imitation to a regularly rising trout. While this my be accurate, it is not the only way to fish a Dry Fly. In Alaska, our fish have only 4 or 5 months to get their calories for the year so our styles of Dry Fly fishing are a little less traditional. Here are 4 of our favorite ways to fish Dry Flies (admittedly it might be more appropriate to just say Surface Flies.)
- Mousing. I cannot even type the word without my heart racing a little bit. There are few things more exciting the watching an Alaskan Leopard Rainbow voraciously attack a rodent imitation. This style of fishing does not involve a dead drift. More covering water and hanging on to your rod tight after the eat.
- Wogging. Silver Salmon will attack just about anything so why not target them on the surface? Whether your fly is a type of foam bass popper or a more traditional spun deer hair, fishing the surface is one of our favorite ways to chase Silvers.
- Skating. Similar to #1 and Mousing, but here we are talking about skating flies for Dolly Varden. This style of fishing is also based on taking advantage of an aggressive fish.
- Imitating Insects. This one is for the purists out there. Our fish here will also eat bugs. This can be a sporty way to target a grayling or even trout. We do get occasional hatches and our fish react accordingly. You don’t have to bring a 4 wt and some dry fly floatant but if you do we will help you put it to use!
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