Fishing with nymphs, lures, spiders, traditional wets, Czech nymphs, buzzers, blobs and other things are not really my strengths. I have a go at some of them now and then but not enough to offer solid advice on any of these methods, or the equipment needed for them. However, for forty one years now I have certainly immersed myself in every little detail of dry fly fishing. Hence the brass neck to make a blog called... Dry Fly 'Expert'!
Drab, brown fly lines ARE best for dry fly fishing!
“But a fly line on the water would be harder for the fish to see if it was the colour of the sky!”
“I like a white line because I can see it move if I get a take!”
“I catch fish and I use a line that is sky blue pink with yellow dots on!”
And so on...
Let me explain why I am adamant that a line in a drab, brown colour IS BEST FOR DRY FLY FISHING!
You have worked hard, made a considerable investment in time and money to get leave to fish. Bought tackle and clothes. Learnt how to use it all. Now here you are, hiding in the margin and you have carefully worked your way into position to get a better view of that “fish of a lifetime” rising a few yards up stream of you. Yes, the fish is bigger than you first thought and it looks to be in immaculate condition. It is rising and you have identified the flies it is eating. Brilliant! You just happen to have some perfect fakes of this fly in your box. You tuck yourself down and carefully change the fly to the type you have spotted. Everything is just right. The fish is rising four or five times a minute. Now is your chance to make that cast...
Why risk letting any of the tiniest details work against you?
Frederick the Great of Prussia once observed that “Genius is the infinite capacity for taking pains.”
Stopping your fly line from signalling to the fish that things are not normal is a pain worth taking.