Sparse Vs. Heavily-dressed Flies

                                                                 Heavily-dressed Sakasa Kebar


                                                              Heavily-dressed Sakasa Kebar

Sparse Flies

In the view of the soft-hackle devotees a fly should have a very slim body (usually of floss or minimal dubbing) and just one or two turns of hackle.These flies are wispy and impressionistic, leaving the fish to use their imagination and fill in the gaps between materials. Sparse flies work well in the following conditions:

  • In clear, slow moving water such as meandering meadow streams or spring creeks
  • Where the fish face a lot of pressure and see a lot of bulky store-bought flies
  • When the fish are spooky and highly selective
  • Shallow water


Heavily-dressed Flies

Many insects that trout eat are either round and plump, or have a wide, flat profile offering more protein. But heftier flies can also spook fish in the conditions mentioned above. Heavily-dressed flies are better suited to the following conditions:

  • On big water as a searching pattern
  • In stained or muddy water where visibility is low
  • When fishing large, deep pools
  • In high water
  • When targeting larger fish
  • In streams that harbor larger caddis or stoneflies