Trout Fishing Tip

One Trout Fishing Tip can make the difference between success and failure. Here are some trout fishing tips to help in your fly fishing for trout.

  1. The majority of trout are caught within 40 feet of where you are standing.
    Make it a rule to start your trout fishing within 3 to 6 feet of your casting position. Even if you see fish rising at 30 feet, fish closest to you first. If there are fish close to you, casting over their position may send them racing toward the rising fish and put the whole pool or section of stream down.
  2. Knowing how deep a trout is lying can catch you bigger trout. The deeper a trout is lying in the water column the larger its cone of vision at the surface. A larger cone of vision means you must be more careful in your approach than to a trout holding only a few inches down in the water column. The deeper a trout is in the water column, the larger the feed lane it is watching. A trout holding deep will be more likely to move a larger distance to intercept your fly than one closer to the surface.
  3. Using the Leisenring Lift Skitter can get you the bonus strike. When nymph fishing complete your drift by allowing the current to swing your nymph rig to the surface. With your nymphs on the surface, raise your rod tip about six more inches and twitch it back and forth about 3 inches. This will skitter your nymphs back and forth some 6 inches like they were trying to get free of the nymphal shuck. Often a trout will follow a nymph rig down stream without taking the fly. But thinking a meal is about to get away will set off the strike instinct resulting in a hard strike. This Skitter trout fishing technique will also work effectively with dry flies.
  4. Using the Twitch and Wiggle during a drift can trigger a trout to strike. Many nymphs twitch, contract and swim when ascending to the surface to hatch or to get to safety if washed into the current. Alternate a dead drift with small trembles of the rod tip during your drift to imitate a swimming or crippled nymph. I have used this trout fishing tip to get double hookups on a two fly rig and to trigger hard strikes during the drift.
  5. The Flip and Hop Dry Fly method during a dry fly hatch can get you the wary trout. In tip 2, we discovered how deep a trout is holding affects the width of its feed lane. During a hatch, trout often take emergers a couple of inches down or hold a few inches down watching for a tasty morsel drifting toward them. If you can see a trout holding a few inches down, complete a dry fly drift allowing it to end a couple of inches in front of the trout. Try the Skitter technique first. If that does not trigger a strike, flip your rod tip a couple inches straight up. This will produce a wave down the line lifting the dry fly off the water up to a foot. Allow the dry fly to drop back to the surface. Try this a three or four times. If the trout does not move to the fly. Allow the fly to settle back to the water and drift down to the holding fish. Be ready to set the hook if you get a strike.
  6. Using a dapping technique for trout holding under a cut bank may get you a hookup.
  7. Why understanding stream structure means more and bigger trout
  8. Understanding how to nymph fish without a strike indicator will increase your catch rate
  9. What is floating in the slack water will tell you what and how to fish
  10. Here is a trout fishing tip not many anglers use. On a stream, follow the birds to determine if a spinner fall is about to happen. Just after a hatch has occurred, adult insects will be within 5 to 10 feet of the stream surface. After mating the mature cloud of insects may be as much as 30 to 40 feet above the river. If the birds are up high catching insects, get ready for spinner fall to happen as the mature adults return to lay eggs.
  11. On a lake follow the birds to locate a school of fish on or near the surface. This is basically a variation of tip 10 where you watch for birds over the lake surface. Schools of fish may be chasing bait fish or a localized hatch in that area.

This and many more trout fishing tips may be found in “Successful Fly Fishing for Trout” .