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    Dead drift with wets

    OK, l had a pm from a wet fly fisher asking how do l detect take when fishing dead drift techniques.

    My first answer is this. You have to have perfect line control total drag free drifts at any angle to the water flow.
    Second answer is you need to know 100% at any time where your flies are.
    Third. You have to be able to recognise the smallest amount of indication a fish has taken the flies, in the case of a dry fly you see the fish take it, in the case of EU style tight line nymph you are using a sighter.
    In the case of dead drift wet fly, which would include winged wets, palmers, spiders and soft hackles you cannot have a tight line to the leader/flies, there has to be more or less a free drift and one that would allow for the fish to take the fly without feeling any tension or direct attachment to the leader.
    That allows for the fish to take and turn with the fly.
    This time factor allows for the fish to have a firm grip on the fly as it turns, that in turn will indicate to you by slight movement, slow down or stop of the leader /fly line a fish has the fly, all you need to do is raise the rod, there is no need for a strike as such as often as not that will result in the fish lost.
    Other indications are a boil or irregular movement of the water surface that differs from the norm, maybe the flash of the fish as it turns, or any other slight indication the fish has the fly.
    More or less it is the same deal as fishing a dry fly other than you cannot see the flies most of the time.

    The big mistake which the majority of anglers cannot come to terms with is waiting to feel the fish tug the fly line, if this is what you are waiting for then you have a tight line connection, if so that cannot be a true dead drift.

    So look at it this way. You see how a trout rises to take a natural emerger or dry, its generally not a hurried take, maybe splashy in the case of caddis or when there is a good wave chop or ruffled water surface, that due to the force of water against the trout as its breaks the surface.
    Your flies should during the drift as close as possible resemble a natural emerger/dry as it floats downstream.

    Granted it takes a great deal of practice to perfect this technique.
    Considerations are overall leader length, length of rod, relative angle you make the initial presentation to the water flow and speed of the water.
    Coupled with perfect rod hand and line control with the other.
    One most important tip l will give you is to use long leaders, min 12ft to 18ft at times, the more you can keep the fly line off the water or its presence visible to fish, l guarantee you will catch more fish.


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