How to Fly Fish for Rainbow Trout – A Few Tips

Recently, I have become interested in fly fishing for rainbow trout, but at first, I rainbow troutmust confess, I was quite bad at it. I asked some friends and searched around for some more info to improve my fly fishing technique and finally I started to get better. Since rainbow trout is not that difficult to catch, I knew I had to follow some simple steps. I only had to know them. So here they are, exactly how I learned them. I hope they will improve your fly fishing technique, too, and you’ll be able to catch some 9 pound specimen to have something to boast about next time you go back home from a fishing trip.


Get more fly lines with you

Trout is not difficult to catch, but it has its own quirks as a fish. Sometimes, it can be curious and swim around in search for food, while other times, it can lie low on the bottom, like it doesn’t have a care in the world. If you want to convince it to get out of there, you will need to pack more fly lines with you.

I recommend having at least a full fly line for the depth of the water body you are fishing on. This is an absolute must. A slow sinking line is a good add-on, as I discovered first hand. I suggest a weighted line, too, so you can long cast, if you want to.


Pack a buzzer with you


When you are fishing on still water, it doesn’t hurt to pack a buzzer with you. This type of fly makes a small movement on the water surface, mimicking the hatch of a species eaten by the fish. The fish will get drawn to the movement and you will be able to score a catch quite easily. Make sure you watch the fly as it moves around, and notice any change that surely indicates the fish bit the bait.


A fluorocarbon leader should be your choice

You can use all sorts of leaders when you fish, but if you want to catch rainbow trout, your best bet is a fluorocarbon leader. This type of leader is as good as invisible on the water, so the fish will not suspect any foul play. Especially trout is known to see the leader attached to the fly if it is made of a noticeable material.

Have fun fly fishing for trout!

Some tips for better fly fishing results


I have recently taken on fly fishing and I am developing quite a taste for it. Last time, when Bob and I went fishing, it was quite an adventure to haul back home all the fish we caught. Since now I want to get better at fly fishing, I started to learn and I am glad to share with your some tips that have worked for me so far.


Follow the foam


StreamWhen you are fishing, you most probably notice how foam lines are forming on the water surface. It didn’t take me a lot to realize that those lines of foam show you exactly where the fish is, so I kept that in mind when I went fly fishing the last time. However, this is not what I want to tell you. The fact is that you need to steady your fly depending on how fast the foam goes. Basically, the foam is a good sign that tells you how fast the stream is. If you want to keep up with the fish, you need to make sure that your fly keeps up with it. So match the speed of the foam with the speed of your fly, and you will see some wonders in the making.


Dry your fly each time


dry flyNow this took me more than a couple of times to realize what I was doing wrong. The fly must be dried each time after you catch or miss a fish. It is easy to overlook such a simple thing, and trust me, it is not exactly easy to pay attention to details, when your eyes are on the fish. A more seasoned angler I was with at that time told me that I should work on my fly, meaning that I should get it back in line each time. This means that you should look for the hooks so they do not change their position, to check the hackle for damage signs and to dry the fly, so you can cast it more efficiently next time. It may be tedious and boring, but it definitely helps.


Don’t use too much floatant


floatantThe last tip on casting for fly fishing I want to share with you is to never use too much floatant. After all, you want to keep your flies yummy for the fish, not drenched in commercial gels that are used as floatant nowadays. Just a dab is all you need and fish will come, trust me.

I hope you find these tips helpful for your next fishing trip!

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