A few words and pictures for those who are or would like to be "expert" at dry fly fishing on rivers.
Photograph by Steve Barnett
Friday, 17 December 2010
So having considered our tops and our bottoms we can now consider our middles.
In mountain biking circles in the Peak District in Derbyshire there is a saying: "There is no such thing as 'bad' weather only incorrect clothing."
You must clad yourself as you see fit for the weather on the day but whatever the weather do remember that basic principle... Stealth is required at all times, so choose the colours accordingly.
On a hot day it may be best to wear a shirt and carry your tackle in a little shoulder bag.
On a temperate day you may be happier with the weight of your gear spread over your torso in the pockets of a 'weskit' (waistcoat that is) or a vest. Personally I don't like those high waisted vests that are intended for wading as they present all your fly boxes and stuff on the front of your breasts. Crawling on your tummy to approach your fish becomes a nightmare when the bulky pockets get in your way and it is impossible to adjust them out of the way.
When I wear a vest I like the long type like a travel vest. On days when it might rain then it is worth carrying a rain garment in with your tackle.
On days when it is simply raining all day then you will need a suitably coloured coat. I still use a Barbour because I get involved with thorns on some of the rivers I frequent but there are other excellent jackets of more modern materials. Yet again the colour is paramount if you are to have any chance at keeping your presence unknown to the fish.
On those hot days when you will be wearing a shirt, don't forget that your arms may be the wrong colour for hiding from the fish, so wear long sleeves and choose materials that will defend you from nettles and such...
Well that's the clothes dealt with, next time we can start getting controversial with some tackle talk. A subject to almost guarantee disagreement when discussed between two or more keen anglers. No don't worry. If you have already been fly fishing in still waters you will be surprised how much of your gear is perfectly usable for dry fly fishing on the rivers and streams.