Watch a couple thousand dry fly presentations after a season and you will know what's going to get the eat and what's not. The sneaky wade. The quiet cast. Those careful mends. A delicate drop. False casts away from the rise. The downstream slack line drift. These skills all add up to your success in the dry game.
Observe those rises carefully and then make your plan of attack. We prefer the "He never knew what hit him" technique. Meaning we are a sneaky lot. Fair amount of prep with the approach. Not dragging your wading staff. Moving slow. Not wearing studded soles. We've seen fish go down due to the clickity clack of studs. Clean lenses for better visuals. Waiting a fair amount of time between casts if we didn't get the eat on the first.
A solid guide can set you up on a surface feeder, have THE fly prepped, a perfect leader, point out the best position to make the cast and suggest the cast that works best in that situation. This scenario has been played out every week since May. I am constantly reminded of a line I either read or heard as a young man.
"I just lay the rail, I don't drive the train."
We are now at the half day schedule until late August. Early mornings and late nights the norm. Option of two in one day. One a.m and one p.m. with a big siesta midday. Dry fly headhunting the daily special.