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We are so lucky that fish live in some of the most beautiful places on our planet. It doesn't matter whether the stream is in the mountains or in a valley or in some gorgeous meadow somewhere, we get to go there and fish for one or more species of trout.
The fly fishing tips below stem from over 20 years experience of Fly Fishing for trout. Our intention is to start you out right with some good information and some good tips that will be useful for you. Book mark this page, as we will be adding more information on a regular basis.
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You will not find any better help then to go to a specialized fly fishing shop. Here you will find a varied selection of basic equipment and a great variety of optional equipment to buy. You will have to determine a budget to work within since there are countless choices. The amount of things to consider that's available for you to buy will surprise you but you can have a lot of fun with some basic essentials.
The fly rod and reel. All manufacturers make rods and reels for different levels of experience. Today's materials for an entry rod often are made of fiberglass with a reel made of different metals mostly aluminum. The rods are made with different actions which are determined by the weight of line you will be using. For example: you would use different rods and reels for trout of a pound or two than you would for a 30 pound salmon. Also, you would use a stronger and thicker line for that 30 pound salmon then you would for some small trout. So choose a rod and reel to match the type of fishing you intend to do.
When I began fly fishing it was suggested to me to have a rod, reel and line, a balanced outfit, in the 4 to 6 pound weight class. (I was very happy with it). This outfit can be used on most small streams and rivers. This weight rod and reel, of course, is not designed for larger fish, but is a good outfit to begin with since it can be easier to cast than a heavier weight line, rod, and reel. Not only that, it is usually cheaper then the more advanced rods and reels using more exotic materials.
The next level of rods and reels, the intermediate level, are made of graphite and the reels air craft aluminum. This equipment will last you longer and will allow you to learn more and different casts than are capable from most fiberglass rods. They are usually lighter and more durable which will allow you to cast longer without getting so fatigued.
These outfits, if well taken care of, can last a lifetime. Companies like Orvis, Winston, and others make superb gear and are backed by good warranties. Again your local fly fishing store can show you the subtleties and differences between the manufacturers and will recommend an outfit with your budget in mind that will be good for the fishing you want to do.
Where to find Trout in the rivers and streams! You will find trout in the same types of places in all streams and rivers. Trout like to hold in places that offer protection from the current and also provides a good source of food. In no special order, places such as in behind big boulders or rocks, in under cut banks, in deep pools, and in the slack water next to a current. In all of these areas the fish can "jump out" catch some food and quickly return to it's spot with the least amount of effort on it's part. Back in it's spot, the trout can rest without expending much energy. Tip The "best" place in a section of water will hold the biggest fish. If you catch him, within a day, the next largest fish will occupy that place.
By taking some time before getting into the water, you should be able to determine where the most likely places for trout will be by watching the action of the water. Look for areas where the current is strongest and then look for "slack" water next to that area. If you watch that area for a while you will be able to determine if any trout are there. Look for boulders and fallen tree limbs and other areas that can give a trout some protection. Keep looking around and watch for subtle changes in the bottom. Often trout are hard to see, but you will be able to see some movement if you concentrate. Usually using "Polarized" sunglasses will help.
Sometimes a bolder is completely underwater. A great fish my be hiding just behind it. Cast numerous time to that spot. Often it takes many casts for a trout to react to your fly and charge up and take it. Also try different flies to that same area that you think should hold a trout. Experiment and test. If you have the right presentation and fly, he will rise and take your fly. This is the fun of fishing -- finding the "right" fly and presentation. (We will go into hatches in the next installment of this page)
Each river and stream presents its own uniqueness as to where fish will be hiding. But they can be found in the same types of locations in every stream or river. Careful observation should give you clues as to where the fish are hiding. Relax, have fun, and watch for fish movement in the most likely places.
Entomology and flies. Volumes have been written about the entomology of our rivers and streams. This can be a great source of enjoyment for you if you like, or you can just go to the local fly shop, ask what hatches are in progress on the water you will be fishing, or what they are "hitting on", and buy some appropriate flies and go fish. It can be that simple.
Or you can study the bugs that live in the water and their life cycles. You can study the insects that come to the water to lay their eggs, and you can learn about the insects that just happen to be there on occasion, like grasshoppers and ants. We are not going to go into great detail in this article about the different life cycles of insects, but will suggest you start fly fishing with "Dry Flies".
Fishing a dry fly is one of the most exiting ways to fish for trout. A dry fly floats on top of the water and can be seen being taken by the trout. That to many of us is the most exciting way to fish for trout. Sometimes the trout will "sip it", and sometimes the trout will take it with a splash. A quick light reaction from you is the right way to hook them, They have soft lips and cannot handle a hard set of the hook. So be gentle.
There are three main types of dry flies, attractor patterns, terrestrials, and exact copies of the insect we call "matching the hatch". Let look briefly at all three types.
Attractor patterns are flies tied to resemble a general bug but not anything exactly. It can be used when no hatch is in progress. Use them to fish all areas of the water to locate trout. Use them when the fish are not hitting on anything in particular. Some flies like the "Adams" are favorites of fly fisherman like me because they always seem to catch fish. You will discover your favorites also.
Terrestrials are insects like grasshoppers and ants that are not usually found on the water. Frequently on windy days you will find that they have been blown and trapped on the water. Trout love them and watch for them. I have used them with good success when nothing else is working. Always keep some with you. Grasshoppers are fun to fish because they are so easy to see.
Match the hatch ! This can be the most exiting fishing that can be found anywhere. When a type of fly like "may flies" are hatching, the water is alive with insects and fish. Every trout in the stream or river is busy eating as much a possible. They seem to be less wary and are eager to feed. If you tie a fly on your line that matches exactly the size, color, and shape of the fly they are feeding on you will catch fish. (My hands have literally been shaking trying to tie on a fly because of all the activity, there can be hundreds of fish feeding in an area that looked devoid of fish only minutes earlier). This is the most exhilarating fishing to be had. I hope you experience it soon. Be prepared by have the right flies with you.
You can learn to tie flies at home, which is a wonderful and satisfying hobby, or as I said earlier, you can go to your local fly shop and they will tell you what hatches you may encounter and what flies you should have with you in order to have the right flies to "match the hatch". Don't worry about not knowing everything there is to know, go out, observe and have fun.
P.S. Come back and visit us again. We will expand on these topics and more soon. Thanks for stopping by.
By the way, if you have some tips you would be willing to share with our group, please send your tips to Contact@flyfishingebooks.com and I will post them either on this page or on my blog for all to read. We look forward to hearing from you.
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