Different Methods Of Fly Fishing For Trout

Trout fly fishing attracts both experienced anglers and beginners. It's a great way for novices to develop their appreciation of the sport while mastering their line control. But, there are many types of trout fly fishing. Much of it is done in a variety of environments. And while the basics of casting may be similar, each environment requires unique knowledge. In this article, you'll discover the different ways of fly fishing for trout.

Cold Water Trout Fishing

Some experienced fly fishermen prefer to catch their trout in colder waters. But, because the temperature of the water is so low, they must wear "waders" and "wading shoes." The waders are typically made from neoprene. The material helps the angler conserve his body heat in the chilly waters. The wading boots prevent the angler from slipping on rocks beneath the water's surface while protecting him from sharp objects.

Dry Fly Trout Fishing

This type of trout fly fishing is done on the water's surface. The angler uses a fly and leader that are designed to keep the fly from submerging below the surface. When a trout attacks the fly (an action known as a "take"), the fly's position on the surface is easy to see. Even though 90% of trout feeding is done underwater, many fly fishermen prefer hunting for trout using flies that float.


Nymphing is the opposite of dry fly fishing for trout. The goal is to submerge the fly underwater. Because trout mostly feed below the surface, anglers who enjoy nymph fly fishing usually catch more trout than dry anglers. Most experienced nymphing anglers suggest that novices master a "dead drift" technique, allowing their fly to drift downstream and underwater.

Still Water Trout Fishing

Fly fishing for trout in lakes where a strong current doesn't exist often yields an enormous catch for experienced anglers. However, a boat (or canoe) is usually necessary. A still water angler will need to cover much more distance to find trout than he would in a stream.

Playing Trout

A hooked trout needs to be pulled in by the angler. Typically, this means the fly fisherman wraps the fly line around the reel. By keeping the tip of his rod high, he can allow the rod to absorb the brunt of the trout's strength when it tries to escape. As he pulls his prey in, the angler will pinch the fly line on the rod (with his rod hand) while using his free hand to wrap any slack in the line onto the reel.

Catch And Release

Many anglers don't catch trout to eat. Instead, they simply enjoy the sport and challenge of fly fishing. They'll catch trout, retrieve them and then extract the hook before releasing them back into the water. Doing this prevents a lake, stream, or other environment from experiencing a thinning trout inventory.

Getting Your Feet Wet

Fly fishing is one of the most beloved of sports amongst millions of people. It offers the challenge of mastering line control, the solitude of the environment that surrounds you and the excitement of skillfully luring your prey. For those who are new to the sport, there are many ways to get started. Fly fishing for trout is extremely popular partly because it can be done in so many different environments. Once you get your feet wet, you may find yourself addicted.