“Choosing the right fly is essential”
Ideal Trout Flies
- The selection of flies is important in trout fishing. There are many features of the flies to be considered such as the size, nature, and its adaptability in different water conditions.
- The size of the fly is determined by the water conditions. You need a fly of 2 to 3 inches or more in colored water or cold water. Clear water of early summer requires small flies.
- Though hook size does not matter, the style can be a matter of concern. Single hooks are very common nowadays, but as most of them are low water hooks, they don’t work effectively on all occasions. There are double and treble hooks available. It seems that there are more chances of trapping the fish with these. But the singlers are more kind to the fish and often gives a natural look to the fly.
- The color of the fly is an important concern for fly hookers. Orange is the best bet for fly color, especially in muddy water. Orange, yellow or black flies are better in the beginning of the season. Blue flies, though, are not very common.
- Hairy wings are more effective, and they add a realistic image of a classic fly. Even if the paired wings cling together in the water, the hairs help to maintain the realistic effect of the fly for a long time. But the hair used should not be so stiff that it hinders the mobility of the fly.
- Rainbow trout are more aggressive for lures whereas brownies are not. Most brownie fishermen, therefore, use imitations of original fish in order to attract them. The only period when the brownies can be tempted with artificial insect lures are the beginning of the year. Most brownies are attracted by imitations like a nymph breaking the surface.
- A dry fly can be used in both upstream and downstream. Upstream casting keeps the angler out of the fish’s view, and casting downstream opens many traps for the fish. Some of the common dry flies include caddies, dries cripples, may flies, spinners, etc.
- A wet fly can be used in upstream, across the stream, or down the stream. In slow waters like the pools or lakes the line may be retrieved with the ‘8’ retrieve or by stripping the line.
- Streamers are bigger than any other types of artificial flies and can be used to catch trout of any size. Terrestrial flies can be used as both wet and dry flies. They imitate as drowning insects and so are normally fished in a dead drift. A nymph is tied on a heavier hook, often attached with a small weight to keep it underwater. Some of the common nymphs used as lures for trout are stone fly nymphs, caddis nymphs and may fly nymphs.
- The choice of the flies can make a difference in different seasons. For a trout hunting in spring, you can use the willie gunn tube, allys shrimp, tosh 2-3”; and in summer, stoats tail on a single or ally’s shrimp1″- 1.5″. The comets and allys are common in autumn.