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John Gierach on Swinging Wet Flies

Posted on May 18 2005

John Gierach writes about soft hackle flies and the techniques that have turned them into deadly fish catchers for more than 100 years. “The traditional wet-fly style that would have been entirely recognizable 100 years ago is still effective: Start with an across and slightly downstream cast, followed by an upstream mend. Let the current swing the fly down and across the river on a tight line until it hangs straight below you, and allow it to hover for maybe 30 seconds. Then take two steps downstream and do it again.” In Field & Stream.

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