Wings on Dry flies:
I was curious as to anyone’s experience regarding if wings on dry flies are necessary or not for catching trout? Or are they just for looks? Trying to use logic it would seem logical that the wings being on the top of the fly cannot be seen by a trout when looking at it from below or from the side as the wings are generally sparse and within the hackle.
From my own person experience I have caught trout in dry’s with no wings both ones that I have made and purchased. However I have no idea if the lack of a wing limited my strikes.
I am tying 100% of the flies I use now but I have the tying philosophy that I tie what is needed to catch a fish, not tying for just the sake of tying or just for the sake of making a fly look pretty. I am fairly competent in my tying skills so my flies are correctly made and I would add a wing if it was necessary…..but if not necessary I would leave them off.