Wet flies aren’t cool, but they’re easy to use and catch fish like crazy

Many fly patterns are briefly popular, then forgotten. But I’ve noticed lately that an entire category of flies seems to have vanished from view: the traditional wet fly. In fact, if you’ve taken up fly fishing in the last few decades, learning the most up-to-date techniques from the most popular sources, you may have never even heard of traditional wet flies, let alone used them. And that’s a shame, because even though they’re out of fashion, wet flies still have three admirable virtues: they’re simple to tie (or cheap to buy), they’re easy to use and they catch fish. Here’s a quick primer on fishing wet flies.