Minor Tactics of the Chalk Stream Angler and Kindred Studies, G.E.M. Skues, 1910
|Plate from W.-C.-Stewart's book The Practical Angler.|
The winged wet fly is only uncommonly found in a modern fisherman's fly box. In the 1950's and early 60's they were standards, but today they are essentially gone. G.E.M. Skues developed modern upstream wet fly fishing techniques for English chalk streams and accompanying patterns in the early part of the last century. Chalk streams provide notoriously technical fishing because of the clarity of the water. They provide an ideal environment that produces abundant insect life and hence large trout. The Scottish fisherman and writer W. C. Stewart anticipated Skues by more than 50 years, in 1857 he published his book The Practical Angler -or- The Art of Trout-Fishing More Particularly Applied to Clear Water. I find it astounding to think that Stewart's book was written before the Civil War. Stewart's book reads as an exceptionally modern account of fishing upstream with the wet fly.
|W.C. Stewart and his mentor James Ballie|
|Some Stewart inspired winged wets for the BWO hatch.|
BWO Winged Wet
Hook: size 16-18 Dai-Riki #135
Thread: brown olive thread
Body: Golden Olive SLF squirrel spikey dubbing
Tail: a few fibers from a Wood Duck flank feather
Wing: light gray tips of Blue Grouse tail feather.