Dry Fly Attractors
We previously discussed attractor patterns in general, and touched briefly on the dry fly attractor. Here we will discuss it more thoroughly.
Dry fly attractors are
any in a series of dry flies that are meant to be impressionistic of
food, more than being imitative of a specific insect. They are not
designed to 'match the hatch' but instead induce a strike under any
Dry fly attractors
tend to be dressed more fully, they are easier to see, and float
extremely well. In addition, they can possess the qualities we discussed
earlier in our 'Attractors' article. Including color contrasts, using
flash, and other attractive qualities. The Royal Wulff
represents the classic Dry Fly attractor. Full of color contrasts,
rides high, durable and can represent anything imaginable to both the
fish and angler.
Lee Wulff invented his
series of flies in the winter of 1929/30 when he grew tired of what he
considered anemic flies of British descent. He reasoned that hair wing
flies were more realistic and allowed for more robust flies due to its
As Dry fly attractors
tend to be fished in faster, rougher water the extra floatation
qualities are a must. Hair wings also are more durable, and can
withstand many strikes, and casts into trees etc.
Dry fly attractors are suggestive of many food sources like Stimulators , Wulffs and the Humpy
series of flies. They are designed to be seen as a tasty morsel to the
feeding trout, who will take them for anything from a mayfly to a
For those new to dry fly fishing or fly fishing in general, attractors are a good place to start.
They are easier to see, and because of their bulk they are easier to
cast. The beginner doesn't have to be as concerned about reading the
hatch, and they can be presented less delicately as other dry flies as
they are generally fished in broken water, where fish aren't as easily
Don't get the
impression that dry fly attractors are for only the novice, however. Lee
Wulff and Randall Kauffman were far from novices when they introduced
their series of flies to the fly fishing public. Many experienced
anglers reach daily for a classic attractor pattern that will entice
fish again and again.