Fishing wet flies was always a hostile chapter in my fly fisherman career. Reflecting to this statement, I tried to find a proper explanation. Of course there is more than one reason why I didn't used wet flies till now. When I started practicing fly fishing, I learned a lot from a fisherman who used exclusively nymphs, so I adopted this kind of fishing and when fish rose I took dries and never filled this lack of knowledge and practice till yet.
A goal for this year is to learn tying and fishing wet flies. A few weeks ago I started to look for an interesting book about wet flies. In the end I decided myself for 'Wet Flies - Tying, and Fishing Soft Hackles, Winged and Wingless Wets, and Fuzzy Nymphs' by Dave Hughes.This book made me see things completely different when's about wets and I'm sure it was the best choice I could make by buying it.
The book has four parts. In the 1st one, the author is talking about the subsurface world, the way wet fly fishing developed in North America and Europe during the years and he is sharing some of his fishing experience.
The 2nd part is dedicated to fly tying, one chapter for each of this categories: soft hackle flies, wingless wets/flymph, traditional winged wets and fuzzy nymphs. You'll find solid information accompanied by a lot of pictures presenting fly tying step-by-step. Even most of the pictures are black & white, shouldn't stop you to get some great flies. At the end of the chapter you'll find also some coloured fly boards with the recipe for each fly.
In the 3rd part Dave Hughes is presenting the tackle for fishing subsurface flies, methods for fishing the surface but also the mid-depths.
The 4th and the last part is an entomology lesson which helped me to understand the relationship between wets and different stages of insects.
This book is a 'must have' for each fly fisherman interested into wet fly tying and fishing. It filled my knowledge blanks and made me a huge appetite for tying wet flies and fishing them. I already started with tying the first of them, for fishing I'll have to wait till opening of the new season in March. As you can see I was pretty productive. I wish you a lot of fun with this book and hope it will be as useful for you as it was for me.