<blockquote class=quoteheader>The Monk, wrote (see
)</blockquote><blockquote class=quote>if it was a bee it would be bee fishing, and you could tell everyone you had bee (n)fishing, if however yoiu hook a large fly, it could be difficult to cast out if it wanted to fly backwards, this is why we use artifical flies, so they dont flyu backwards when you are trying to cast them forward you see[img]/forum/smilies/smile_smiley.gif[/img]</blockquote>
Actually Monk, an old method of catching fish on the fly is called "Dapping" and involves using live Daddy long legs/Crane flies, Mayflies, Grasshoppers or other terrestials that get blown onto the water. Modern dappers actually superglue the insects to a bare hook. Of course, dapping can also be done using artificial flies.<blockquote class=quoteheader>Jonathan Whitham wrote (see
I recall seeing on the TV a chap fishing a Scandinavian river using the local technique of fishing with wet flies but on coarse fishing tackle - the exact set-up being a lead/heavy shot on the bottom of the line with a dropper with fly approx. 6'' above this.
My question is would this technique be regarded as fly-fishing if used on aUK river?</blockquote>
I rather think that if you tried this on any UK maintained trout waters, you may get turfed off fairly quickly. However, there are some waters where you can use a team of flies on coarse fishing tackle using a bubble float. It can be very effective, as you can cast it much further than most fly rods/anglers will cast.
Although descrided as fly fishing, many of the "flies" are, in fact, not flies at all, but are intended to imitate all manner of water borne creatures and even terrestials. Example, the original Black Lure was intended to imitate a Leech. Many "lures" imitate small fish, tadpoles and suchlike, all of which will at sometime supplement a fishes diet.