You love to go fly fishing on your favorite lake—it’s quiet and away from the hubbub of people and city life. But sometimes still water fly fishing can be difficult. Yet it can also be very gratifying when it’s a good fishing day. Today, we’re sharing with you three still water trout fly fishing tips to help you enhance your chances of catching them.
1. Use a Variety of Retrieves
Most of the fly fishers just cast out their fly then bring the fly back in using the same speed to retrieve. This might work much of the time, however, there are days when the fish are being lazy and would rather go after food that’s moving very slowly. Likewise, there are days that the fish will be lively and looking for something that’s fast-moving. So consider using diverse retrieve speeds.
Do a few jerky and very quick retrieves; you’ll find that these are terrific for streamer and leech-type patterns. At the end of every stripping cycle, the fly falls and fish view this as something that’s in danger and hurt.
If those retrieves aren’t working for you, try some slow and even slower retrieves. If you fish chironomid patterns, always think slower is better. At times, a fish just isn’t into using a lot of energy to get his food so a fly moving slowly through the water will peak his interest.
2. Pay Attention to Wind Direction
When you’re fly fishing, you need to be aware of the wind direction—especially if there’s a strong breeze blowing. That breeze will disturb the lake’s surface and the food supply for the fish moves in that direction. So if the wind is coming from the west, fish will generally be found on the lake’s west side; they’ll be feasting on food that’s collected there.
3. Try Different Depths
If you’re the type of fisherman that just floats his line, you could be missing out. While you could catch the fish swimming near the surface, other days you could be missing the fish that are hugging the lake’s bottom. On these days you should sink your fly faster and deeper.
There are many outstanding sinking lines available currently which will get your fly to various water depths. Several fly lines sink at various paces—3-, 5- or 7-inches every second, for example. Other fly lines—like intermediate sink lines—let you fish just a few feet under the water’s surface.
You might be surprised at just how much more fish you can hook if you alter your fishing depth!
If you follow these three fantastic tips, you should be reining in the fish in no time! Contact us if you need assistance selecting your equipment or just have questions. We’ll be very happy to help you.