The fly fishing technique known as dapping requires the use of a long cane pole, floss line and lures that catch the wind. The equipment enables the flies to behave more like real insects, which makes catching fish easier. Dapping requires turning the fly down before striking.
Twenty feet of rod, a bit of yarn, a light breeze…bingo!
Few fishermen on this continent have heard much about “dapping”–the term doesn’t even appear in McClane’s New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia. Fewer still have bothered to try it. And if by chance you’re one of those rare fishermen who’ve attempted this ancient method–it is mentioned in several of the earliest treatises on fishing–you’ve probably got a lot of catching up to do. The combination of high technology, limited access to fishing waters in Europe and that peculiar sport known as “match fishing” has drastically changed the way dapping is practiced. [Read more…]