In the sport of fly fishing, there are about as many kinds of flies as there are fish. In our excursions, we can teach you the basics of fly fishing or help you improve your technique. Our instructors will teach you the ins and outs of Estes Park fly fishing. To give you a brief introduction to the sport, we’re going to discuss the two types of flies used to catch our Big Thompson River trout: Wet flies and dry flies.
Wet flies are the best introductory fly to use. The method is much more forgiving for beginners and requires less knowledge and finesse to result in a great catch. Wet fly hooks are heavier, are easier to cast and work best in deeper water. When fish are in deeper water, they’re less likely to be scared off by a fly splashing on the surface of the water and are more likely to go after the bait. Wet flies typically are made of neutral colored materials with the wings of the fly tied so they lie back. The one downside to wet flies is that it can be difficult to tell if a fish has the bait as the current pulls on the line.
Dry flies present more of a challenge for anglers and require a more experienced hand when casting. Because these flies rest on the top of the water, mimicking bugs landing on the surface, they have to hit the target perfectly and gently. Fish that are attracted to these flies are swimming close to the surface and are more easily scared off by a bad cast that disturbs the water. Dry fly fishing requires a deep understanding of the types of bugs fish are attracted to, making it more of a challenge and ideal for more experienced anglers. However, because dry flies rest on the surface of the water, it can be easier to tell if a fish is going after the bait.
Wet flies are the perfect entry level method for beginning your Estes Park fly fishing hobby. Visit our store or contact us today to schedule a guided trip or introductory class. Meet members of the Colorado fly fishing community and find your new escape in the Rocky Mountain National Park.