Five Do NOTS of Dry Fly Fishing by Headhunters Fly Shop
By angelamontana

Posted: July 20, 2018

Mark Raisler with Headhunters Fly Shop in Craig has five do NOTs of dry fly fishing…they even added a sixth as a bonus.

  1. The number one way that many anglers do not catch dry fly trout is never casting at the trout. Cast the fly at the fish. Many are afraid to present the fly at the fish.

  2. Don’t drag there fly over the fish on the first cast. Alerting the enemy that you are in the neighborhood is not a good idea.

  3. The goal is not to see how far or long you can drift your fly. Nope. The goal is to see how short you can drift it. I have never seen an angler catch 7 fish during a single drift. Catch one at a time. Much easier. Certainly more effecient.

  4. Using the wrong fly. Yes, that does not work. But not as important as the perfect drift. Good drifts catch trout.

  5. Getting fooled by the trout to toss the fly in water that you cannot present the fly properly. If the trout is rising beyond the seam, beyond the moving water, beyond the realm of reality…you cannot catch him. Casting into pond like water beyond the seam because you saw one trout rise in there is silly. But, go right ahead if you do not want to catch anymore in that area.

  6. Rushing into things. Stop. Watch the trout rise. Devise the plan. Execute the plan. Hook the trout. The fish is rising. It is not a sprint to see how quickly you can put that fish down. Or, for some it may be. And if that is the goal, to not catch them, then knock yourself right on out man. Be the turtle, not the hare.

Raisler included  that, “Good drifts catch fish. Trust me, I’m a fishing guide.”

So, there you have it.  To read the full post on, click here, and stop in when you’re in the area.  Check out their guided trips.

(photo via Headhunters Fly Shop)