Three Great Wet Flies For Summer

Guest Blogger: Steve Culton

Taking a leisurely wade while swinging a team of wet flies is one of summer’s most pleasant angling experiences. The cool of the river envelopes your legs, acting as a salve against the stifling heat. Even though there may be no visible hatch activity, you can always expect to catch trout – even in the middle of a bright, sunny day. The swung wet fly draws out the more aggressive fish that are waiting to ambush a rogue emerger or a drowned terrestrial.

Here are three high-confidence wet flies that get a lot of playing time on my team of three. From top dropper to middle dropper to point fly on my leader, the Squirrel and Ginger; the Drowned Ant soft-hackle; and the Hackled March Brown spider. They are fairly simple ties, and you can find all the materials at J. Stockard. Best of all, they are proven fish-catchers.

culton Squirrel & GingerThe Squirrel and Ginger

Hook: TMC 2457, size 12

Thread: Hot Orange

Body: Ginger Angora goat

Rib: Green Krystal flash

Hackle: Fox squirrel fur

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