Dry Flies or Nymphs

There are a lot of guys out there that use dry flies only because there is nothing better than watching the fish take the fly, but on the other hand it is more likely that there is usually a prevelant food source under the water surface. What method do you prefer and why?

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  1. There is no denying that fishing subsurface is, in most cases, going to be a more productive means of fly fishing. From the first time I picked up a fly rod 8 years ago to this very day I continue to hear anglers say "for every fish you see rising, there are ten feeding underneath." I don't know how accurate those numbers are but I can tell you that it is a good way to think about it. I'm not going to lie, it is very tempting to tie that dry fly on when fish are starting to rise all around you, and its a trap that I fall into more often than not. I believe it is due to the beauty of being able to watch the entire process. From your fly softly landing on the surface, the perfect drift, the trout rising and taking your fly, the hook up and the fight. It is this connection with a trout that makes dry flying a more preferable way of fly fishing than nymphing for me.


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