Why do some trout sometimes just annihilate your dry fly? I just started thinking of this the other day last week…. Well, maybe long before that. So, I’m fishing a lake a week ago. I had on a callibaetis emerger and later I added a dropper midge dry also. Regardless of the double fly setup, how many times have you had that trout just slam your fly and break water like nobody’s business? Is it their way of being careful? After all, they just got done slurping in a natural so gently. Then you put your fly in their face, and they just kill it! Why is this? Do they feel safer by crashing and crushing your fly, because it’s not quite natural looking like the flies they have been feeding on? Is crashing this unfamiliar-like fly on the surface a defense mechanism? I have not other ideas. My double fly setup was getting smashing rises and I missed a lot of hits that day. I don’t know if the double fly setup had anything to do with anything that day, as I have had this happen on many other occasions with a single fly as well. Could it be that the callibaetis is a mouthful and drives them crazy? Perhaps it could be from my success in using this fly regardless of a callibaetis hatch happening, that it is familiar food but scarce at the moment, so they crush it? Yesterday, the same thing happened on a beaver pond. It was a long day, no hatches, a lot of patience, but I kept the callibaetis emerger on. Again, they smashed it when they decided to take it. All the cutthroats were beauties of 14-16 inches. Slow, but a fine day. Your thoughts, “dry fly freaks”.