Fly Fishing for Trout the Successful Way

Fly Fishing for Trout the Successful Way

Becoming successful at Fly Fishing For Trout requires mastery of only four major steps. Four steps that you may have to revisit many times on the the journey but the same simple steps apply to your success.

Planning — is getting ready to look for trout. Yes, I said look for or hunt trout. Essentially most excellent big trout fishers are predators first. They understand their prey’s eating patterns, when they eat, what food they will eat, how to replicate that food, when the food is accessible, how to present the artificial to fool the fish, where trout usually are most likely to be found, what fly fishing gear is used,etc.

Practice — is putting your knowledge to work. Learning to use your tackle effectively. How to cast. Which different casts to use such as a roll cast or the common overhand cast, the useful river tension cast and the bow and arrow cast for really tight spots or small brushy streams, the single and the double haul. Casting your fly line in any manner ought to concentrate on making tight loops directed to your target. In many trout fishing circumstances, you will only need to cast within 30 to 40 feet. In fact most trout are hooked within 12 feet of where you are standing.

How to choose good flies to fish with, how to tie basic fly fishing knots. How to make a drag free dead drift. When you should change to dry fly fishing rather than nymph fishing. When and how to use a dry – dropper rig. When you should and how to use a streamer fly. Practice reading a trout stream to locate likely places where trout will be holding and feeding.

As you approach the stream, practice looking at the stream side bushes for flies that may have recently hatched. At streamside, take a little time to observe if any bugs are hatching. Are trout rising or even in evidence? Where should you establish your casting position to effectively cover the water. In other words,don’t just start churning the stream to foam with casts. This will scare almost every fish in 150 feet of your position.Especially the big fish.

Presentation — is showing the fly or nymph to the trout so the fish thinks it is food and takes or eats the fly. When nymphing that may be a short "dead drift" that presents the fly to the fish without unnatural movements. Some nymphs tend to tumble almost helplessly when caught in the stream’s current. Others are lively swimmers. To be fished effectively, a nymph fly which represents a swimming nymph should be fished with some action to imitate a swimming motion or to impart movement. Movement tends to attract a trout’s attention. Realizing which fly you’re using to imitate which insect could mean being successful or failing.

During nymph fishing, a bad cast can be overcome with a good presentation to the fish.  if you want to become a big trout fisherman, understand and practice effective presentations .

Persist — There will be days when you fish a whole day without a strike and no fish. There will be days when you miss setting the hook properly and the trout goes totally free. Or they get away while netting them. Or you will mis-read the place you are doing some fishing and spook the fish. Or you will see your first 28 inch brown trout and get the shakes so bad you can’t change a fly to a different one. Or you may slip and fall getting wet and hopefully only hurting your ego a bit.

But the key to becoming a successful trout fisherman is to always persist. Keep gaining and applying fresh information. Fly fishing is a lifelong educational adventure. Treat the journey as an adventure, try new things, while learning from your mistakes. Ask a veteran fly fisherman to show you how to do it or try a guided trip which will shorten your learning curve. Maybe you will catch a trophy large trout on your trip.

Persistence is a major key to getting successful at anything at all. When I started fly fishing in 1969, I went three years and only caught one trout each year with the fly rod. But I did not quit. In 1972, an experienced fly fisherman taught me to hook a trout in under ten minutes. And I have been successfully catching trout for over 38 years now.

Marshall Estes, Author
Successful Fly Fishing for Trout