6 Wet flies recommended for August fishing

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August is a difficult month from the fishing point of view. The rivers are small with warmer water . More than that, the water is ginger clear and the fish are extremely spooky. Fishing all day is impossible, outside is too hot even in high mountains.
For those who go fishing these days I recommend to fish a couple of hours early in morning and late in afternoon. Because the light is not the best dry flies are difficult to be located in strong currents ( where the fish are ). Wet fly fishing is a great option and is a pity that these last years  this style is not so popular. It is an effective style and produce nice catch . It is a great alternative at nymphing and dry fly fishing!
Personally I love to fish with wet flies because:

  • I can cast as far as possible without fear to have an ugly presentation
  •  much easy to control a line  using this style, by far more easy compared with dry fly technique
  • it is much easy to hook a fish (the line is all the time in tension) compared with dry fly fishing
  • wet flies are effective when the fish eat  in the water film or very close under it
  • the fish is not so sensitive  at fly size,  big fly can be used without any problem

Here are my  top 6 flies that I use in this period of time.

Ant fly:

Yellow and Partridge:

Wet March Brown

Olive Wet Duster

Grey Wet Duster

La Peute ( brown version )

All these flies work for trout and grayling in the same time. Maybe the size will select the species. Small hooks are for grayling, big hooks will work better for trout.

  • Sim
    August 9, 2018

    Nice Lucian! Typically how many wets do you fish at once?i usually start with two or three and end up with one after I get sick of the tangles. Sim

    • Lucian Vasies
      August 21, 2018

      Hi Sim,
      Sorry for my late reply, I just returned from Lapland. I always use 2 flies. The dropper is at 60-80cm from the point fly. I prefer to use quite strong ans stiff tippet ( 0.16mm is is finest used )


  • EK
    August 21, 2018


    Excellent post. The stand out fly for is the La Peute ( brown version ). It certainly looks the part and I’m sure fishes extremely well! Lovely!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Lucian Vasies
      August 22, 2018

      Hi Ek,
      Thanks for your kind words :). Yes, La Peute is a fantastic fly. I consider it “a must” but I noticed that is quite neglected. Only in France and Belgium, this fly is popular. In the rest of the tying and fishing world is not so appreciated.

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