Fly Fishing Tips


Getting started with fly fishing can be quite challenging, but once you get the hang of it, the fun is endless! When I first started fly fishing, my older brother taught me a bunch of the ins and outs. These tips and tricks made my life a whole lot easier, and I was able to catch fish almo

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Fly Fishing Tips

Getting started with fly fishing can be quite challenging, but once you get the hang of it, the fun is endless! When I first started fly fishing, my older brother taught me a bunch of the ins and outs. These tips and tricks made my life a whole lot easier, and I was able to catch fish almost every time out on the water. Since all of us aren’t as fortunate with having an experienced fly fisherman out with us on every trip, I thought it would be great to write an article with some of the simple tips and tricks to help you land more fish in your net.  

From casting, rigging up your fly rod, buying the right gear, reading the water, picking the right fly, identifying the hatch, and fishing at the right time of day are all things we will cover. Not doing one of these things right can mean not catching any fish. The more practice and learning you can do, will help your chances of catching fish on your fly rod.  

Best time of the day to fish.

Fish like to eat mainly in the mornings and at night. If you are fishing when the fish are eating, your chances of catching them drastically increases. Fish do tend to eat throughout colder or overcast days. Usually, the worst fishing is from 11:00am to 6:00pm on a hot and sunny day. On the river by my house, the professional guides are taking people out at 4:30am to 10:30am in the morning because of the hot weather we have been having.  

You can definitely try fishing all day or at any time of the day, but your odds will go up if you stick with the early morning or evening fishing. The reason these are the best times of the day are because of the insect hatches that happen. Fish feed on the insects that make their way from the water floor to the surface.  

Matching the hatch.

Fish eating the insects brings us to matching the hatch. If you are fishing with a fly that is completely a different color or size than that of the natural flies on the water, the fish will be suspicious, and they probably won’t bite it. You want to be using the fly the best resembles the naturals insects that are in the water or sitting on the surface. Grab one of the insects and match the closest looking fly you have to it.  

If the flies are on the surface and the fish are going for them, you will want to use emergers or dry flies. If the insects are in the water and the fish are not surfacing, chances are you should be nymphing. Zinger Fishing has a blog on matching the hatch, it can be found here.

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