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Presenting the Fly !
Welcome back for some more tips on fly fishing for trout. Today we would like to delve into presenting the fly. This above all is the single most important aspect of fly fishing. Presenting the fly properly will give you the best chance of catching the illusive trout.
Trout live every day of their lives feeding on the insects that inhabit their streams. At times they feed exclusively on "hatching" flies that are abundant during that time. Some are surface insects and others are insects that live at the bottom of their streams or rivers.
And at other times they will feed on insects that may occasionally land on the waters surface such as grasshoppers and ants to name a few. It is important to have a "drag free" float when presenting your fly. By this we mean that the fly you are fishing with should float freely without any drag or resistance while on the water. Very important.
This is easier said than done because in most cases the water in the steams and rivers we fish have don't all flow at the same speed. If you sit and watch a stream for a while you will notice that the water flows without resistance in some areas, while other areas there is resistance. You will notice this most often in areas where the stream bends and around boulders and tree limbs or any obstacles found in the water. You can notice a definite slowing of the water around these obstacles. Since this is where trout often hide, we are tempted to try and fish to those areas. These are the most difficult presentations of all.
Here is a great tip. It's important to try and fish in the same speed of water whenever possible. That way your fly will not drag. On most streams and rivers you will notice several different speeds of water. These different speeds will affect your presentation of the fly. We see drag when for instance, our fly lands on slower water than the rest of our fly line. The quicker water will in short time, pull the fly across the slower water towards the faster water and it will be noticed by any trout in the area. It does not look like a natural insect floating down the river. Since this is not how insects normally look to the trout, the trout will avoid your fly.
Another great tip ! If you must fish to a particular spot that you have noticed a fish feeding at, try to get in the same speed of water before presenting your fly. It's the easiest way without using more advanced casting techniques.
More advanced fly fisherman do learn how to use different casting techniques that enable them to fish these difficult presentations. But when your new to fly fishing our advise is to not cast across different speeds of water. If you do you will see that your fly will not float "drag free" down the river. Therefore your presentation will not fool any trout.
We hope this helps. More to follow.
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