Fly Fishing Tips and Techniques

Fly fishing tips is a very common search term on the internet, because everyone wants to improve their fly fishing, and simple fly fishing tips can be learned and remembered in small bite sized chunks.

Here are a few fly fishing tips.

Problem: The Fly. Are the fish interested in your fly. And if not, why not? 

Well, here are a few things to consider.

1. Are there any rising fish. If not, a dry fly is not going to get you anywhere. Locate the fish and use a wet fly to get down to them.

2. Does your fly smell unnatural to the fish? Rinse your hands in the water and dry them before handling the fly. Fish have very good sense of smell and if your fly smells of smoke for instance, the fish won’t take it.

3. If there’s a hatch and the fish are eating all the natural insects and not taking your fly, try adding a yellow spot to your fly. This can help it to attract the fish.

Don’t just think about the type of fly, think about it’s size as well. Don’t make the mistake of thinking a bigger fly will get noticed, and therefore taken more quickly. Very often a small fly, on a fine tippet can work when a larger one does nothing. Springtime especially is a time to use smaller flies with great success.

Where there is an abundance of food, the fish can be very selective. When this happens you need to be aware of what they are feeding on and match it as closely as possible.

Sometimes you may notice the fish (especially trout) will be feeding just below the waters surface. In this case try casting slightly further up above it, then pull the fly under so it drifts down to the fish just below the surface, in its feeding lane. Do this correctly and you have a very good chance of a bite.

If you’re fishing in waters where there’s an abundance of food, the fish will tend to be very picky and you’ll need to be extra careful in your fly selection and presentation, or you’ll find that your fly will be ignored by the fish. So if you feel this is the problem, just stop, and spend a while checking out exactly what the fish are feeding on.