Hatches 2012: Irish Wet Flies by Bob Petti

Magazine — By on August 23, 2012 10:00 am

Since I started fishing and tying flies, there has been a constant rumor that wet flies are enjoying a resurgence in America. There have been magazine articles, of course, but there have also been a few quite popular and influential books, particularly those by Dave Hughes and Sylvester Nemes. In 2000, Paul Schmookler dropped a bomb on the fly tying community with his mega book “Forgotten Flies,” which featured a chapter on Ray Bergman and the wonderful wet flies described in his book Trout.
Don Bastian tied the wet flies in Schmookler’s book, and I firmly believe the quality of Don’s tying sparked a renewed interest in wet flies. The photos of his beautiful flies jumped off the page. Unlike the tiny wet-fly images painted by Dr. Burke in the color plates of Bergman’s book, in Don’s flies we could see every single detail of every fly in perfect clarity.

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  1. rutilus says:

    Well I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting the U.S.A. Let alone fishing the fabulous wild waters that we read about here in the U.K. But wet flies {often the scruffier the better}are a must on England’s very heavily fished day ticket waters,particularly the ever popular water supply reservoirs.

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  2. Michael says:
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    Without a doubt, wet flies, and I mean “classical” wet flies, are the code breakers on our U.S. trout waters. By classical I truly mean classical; quill-wings, flymphs, soft-hackles and hair-wets. These are especially productive on heavy use waters. Time and again, wet flies make me look like the smartest guy on the water when in fact, the originators (Dame Julia, Pete Hidey and etc) already did all the thinking for me.

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    The wet flies are used in Canada to fish our amazing waters especially those in Saskatchewan. My fishing is mostly with wet flies and streamers with a few dry flies thrown in just in case.

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