When it comes to selecting a fishing hook for fly fishing, the wet fly should be up near the top of the list. The wet fly has been used for hundreds of years before the dry fly, and it is regarded as a very effective type of fly across the world, especially when fishing for trout.
Unlike the dry fly, the wet fly is designed to sink a little below the surface, and it is not designed to imitate a certain type of fly or insect, instead it is imitating a certain stage of an insect’s life, like a hatching nymph struggling to reach the surface of the water or a dead insect that have begun to sink. Almost all fly-fishing anglers would agree that using the wet fly is a great way to learn to fly fish, especially for the beginner.
The Wet fly is often fished in a team of 2-3 on still waters and fast streams, by doing this it greatly increases the chances of catching a fish. These extra flies on the line are called dropper flies. Although for the beginner it is recommend to start with one fly, as using two or three flies can result in tangles when casting.
Although the wet fly may not be as popular as Nymph or Dry fly it should not be over looked, especially when the angler is new to fly fishing, it is a great way to learn techniques needed for Nymph fly fishing. It is often best to experiment with different types of flies on lakes, especially if you are new to that certain venue. If you find that the trout are not rising to the surface to take your dry fly, switch over to a wet fly for guaranteed results.
Below are a number of examples of wet flies that are popular among many anglers.
Mallard and Claret
A popular fly used on many still waters and rivers, Anglers prefer to use this type of wet fly early in the season when it is not so warm. This fly can be fished on the point of a two or three point set up or it can be fished as a dropper fly. Generally, the hook sizes range from 8 – 14. The Mallard and claret should be in every angler fly box.
Blae and black
Originating from Ireland but now used all over the British Isles, the Blae and Black wet fly is designed to be fished on still waters, imitating the hatching midget. This fly is also best fished in the early season. This fly is available in hooks sizes 12 – 16 and is produced from black thread with its wings either grey duck or starling.
Teal, blue and silver
This is a great fly especially when the angler is fishing for Sea Trout. The silver body imitates a small fry or various other small insects when used on still water. Generally, the hook sizes vary from sizes 8 – 14.