01 Jul 2022

Nothing beats a floating fly catch

RSDAC member Niall Farrell with his 10lb 7oz wild Lough Ree trout caught last week
Almost any fisherman who uses dry flies will tell you that there is no other angling method which provides the interest or excitement you will get from catching a trout with a floating fly.

Almost any fisherman who uses dry flies will tell you that there is no other angling method which provides the interest or excitement you will get from catching a trout with a floating fly.

The Last Cast - Jarlaith Gallagher

The anticipation and suspense as you watch your fly glide towards a feeding fish and as quick as a flash the fish darts from its station to snatch your offering, you have to time it with Swiss watch accuracy to strike, lest you pull the fly right out of its mouth and will undoubtedly result in a serious case of self flagellation and the ruination of an evenings fishing.

For the most part, you will only get one chance when dry fly fishing and if you miss the strike then you would be better off moving on to a new stretch of the river, perhaps to come back later and try again.

Unfortunately, a lot of fishermen are hesitant to try dry fly fishing, as they believe it’s too difficult for their limited ability. A lot of angling writers like to make it sound difficult but in reality it is not. In fact anyone who can cast a fairly accurate 15 to 20 foot of line is in with a good chance of taking a trout with a dry fly.

You don’t have to know the exact name or taxonomy of the flies that are hatching around you in order to fool a wise and weary river resident. If a yellow fly is hatching then tie on something yellow and approximately the same size and start casting. It really is as simple as that.

The trick is to try and locate a fish that is feeding continuously and rising freely. A fish showing this behaviour is preoccupied and if you can get your fly to drift over him without any drag you are in with a serious chance of taking it.

By “Drag” I mean where the leader is caught in the current and causes the fly to skid causing a wake, something a real fly would never do. There are ways to avoid this but the easiest thing to do is lift the fly as soon as you see this beginning to happen and cast again.

Over time you will get it right and as soon as you see the trout make the slightest movement towards your offering be ready to slowly lift the rod which will help sink the hook into the fish’s mouth and then the fun begins. I for one have noticed a noticeable difference in the “fight” from a trout caught on a dry fly from that of one caught on a wet fly or nymph, I could be imagining this but perhaps some of you out there shall verify this for me sometime.

Until next time, stay safe on the water and tight lines.

National Pike Qualifier: The second qualifying competition of the 2015/16 National Pike Championships will be held on Sunday June 7, on a stretch of river near Ballinasloe. Interested anglers should meet at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe from 9am to 10am for fishing 10.30 to 4.30. Anglers use 1 rod and can fish anywhere on the stretch of river indicated on the map which will be given out at the check in. To enter you must be a member of one of the 70+ clubs affiliated to the Federation. If you are not a member of one of these clubs you can easily join one at the check in for around €10 for 2015. The entry fee is €15 and there is an optional €5 pool for the heaviest pike on the day.

For more details contact Jody Kiernan on 087 9886408.

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