Confessions of a dry fly junkie |

Confessions of a dry fly junkie

On the Fly
Kirk Webb
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Everyone knows that I’m a dry fly junkie. I enjoy watching the fish come up to the surface and engulf my offerings.

I’m the guy who will sit on the bank and wait for a hatch to unfold, knowing full well that I could catch fish if I just put on some nymphs, a bit of weight and a strike indicator.

I’m not a purist by any means, but there’s just something special about the visuals of fooling a fish with a fly on the water’s surface.

As we creep further into fall, the dry fly fishing will slowly fade away.

Next to fishing dry flies, my favorite way to catch trout is with streamers. These larger flies imitate baitfish or juvenile trout and are often more than three inches in length. When fished properly, they can often be more effective than nymphs or dry flies, especially during October and November.

Seeing fish swat, attack and brutalize a streamer is well worth the price of admission.

Brown trout, in particular, love streamers during the fall months. As spawning urges begin to set in for the brown trout, these testosterone-fueled fish will savagely attack a well-placed streamer fly.

The best way to fish these flies is from a drift boat or raft, in which one can cover massive amounts of water in a short period of time.

From a boat, we generally cast our streamers near the bank, give the fly a long strip to put the fly onto the shelf and then give the fly some animation by simultaneously stripping in line while shaking or imparting movement to the rod tip.

Of course, this sounds much harder than it actually is.

Generally, one or two casts in any given area is enough before moving on to the next spot. Covering water is key.

Wading anglers will do well, too, though they will have to hike around much more to cover the amount of water necessary to be successful.

The best water type to fish for wading anglers will be in the pocket water. Think along the lines of the rich, highly oxygenated tumbling sections of water. This will be your prime target area.

Some must-have streamers to include in your arsenal this fall: Sculpzillas, Slump Busters, Autumn Splendors, Sacrileges, Ziwis and Stinging Sculpins.

This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970) 927-4374 or

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