As time goes on, our fishing preferences keep changing. Catching fish and exploring new places still excites us. However, if we are to pick just one fishing technique for the rest of our days, it would definitely be fly fishing for trout!
After all, fly fishing encompasses a wide range of methods. Whether it’s in the sea, a lake, or a river, from the water’s surface to its depths, fly fishing is far more versatile than you might think.
Each approach has its unique nuances and requires specific gear. Let’s look at an overview of the techniques we use most often:
Dry Fly Fishing
This technique is perfect for beginners, as you don’t need to gauge water depth. With “dry fly fishing,” you let your insect-like bait float on the water’s surface. This works when trout are feeding near the surface and are swimming up from below to snatch your fly.
The idea is simple: mimic an insect that would typically be on the water’s surface. It could be an imitation mayfly, or an insect that fell into the water like a fly, ant, grasshopper, or beetle.
Before you cast, observe the water to see if fish are feeding on the surface. At the same time, make sure to look for swirls in the water. If you’re on a lake, aim for the area where fish are feeding. In a river, cast a bit upstream, so the current carries your fly naturally into the trout’s view.
Nymph Sight Fishing
This technique is probably our favorite as it’s quite visual. It’s mainly done in rivers, but you can try it in lakes too. For this, you want to wear polarized sunglasses and look for fish swimming with the current.
Think of this technique as hunting for fish. Once you spot a fish, cast a nymph (imitation of an aquatic insect) toward it and let the current carry it to the fish’s mouth. This often leads to quick results as fish rarely turn down an easy meal.
The key is to place your nymph exactly where it needs to be to float in front of the fish’s mouth. Use a slightly heavier fly and aim to cast further upstream, giving the nymph enough time to drift with the current.
Streamer Fly Fishing
Streamer fishing is incredibly versatile when fly fishing for trout. You don’t need to imitate river insects – this method also attracts fish that prey on trout.
Streamers mimic small fish, worms, shrimps, or crayfish. We personally love leech imitations, as trout find them irresistible. Use these larger, black flies in a jerky motion in deeper water to entice trout out from hiding.
Unlike nymph sight fishing, you won’t see the fish while using a streamer. Instead, look for promising spots where trout might be hiding like a big rock breaking the current or a submerged tree on the river’s edge.
Cast your fly upstream from that spot and let the current carry it close. Just like other flies, there are countless streamer options. If we had to pick three, we’d go for classic choices: a black or olive green Woolly Bugger fly, a grey Muddler Minnow, and a leech imitation fly – a must-have in our book!