Trout is one of the most popular fish fished within the fly fishing sport. They are common place in rivers, lakes and reservoirs throughout the world, but in most areas where fly fishing is popular, they have been introduced for the purpose of the sport.
Fly fishing for trout can be highly rewarding. Flies used for trout fishing tend to be small and lightweight, as they are one of the smaller breads of fish fly fisherman fish for. As it is so popular, there are thousands of fly patterns for trout which have been designed and made by hobbyists alone. Trout fly patterns make up over 2,000 of the flies within our library and is by far the most common patterns made.
There are many places you can fish trout, but normally you would need a permit or belong to a local water to do so. There may also be restrictions to the amount of trout you can catch at any one time, or rules to ensure fisherman do not overfish adult trout which are of breading age. There are often restrictions to the time of year trout can be fished, such as when they are breading in the late summer months.
Our trout flies have been divided into 4 major fly types (Dry flies, Wet flies, Nymphs and Lure fishing patterns) and then have sub-divided each of these into several fly varients.
In 1886 F. M. Halford attempted to define dry fly fishing as "Presenting to the rising fish the best possible imitation of the insect on which he is feeding in its natural position."
- Finding a fish feeding on winged insects.
- Presenting to him a good imitation of the natural insect both as to size and colour.
- Presenting it to him in its natural position, floating and "cocked".
- Putting it lightly on the water so that it floats accurately over him without drag.
- That the four previous points should have been fulfilled before the fish has caught sight of the angler and his rod.
Very fair and accurate description of what we as Dry Fly Fishermen do today!
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A wet fly is more an imitation of a stage of life of aquatic insects. Many wet flies imitate a struggling nymph as it attempts to reach the surface of the river.
These same wet flies also suitably do an impression of dead or drowning insects. Either way, one thing about wet flies for trout fishing is that they generally imitate aquatic insects in motion, moving to the surface or drowning in the water.
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Nymphs are aquatic insects that are still in their underwater stage, not having reached their adult, or flying, stage of life yet. Trout have a diet that consists primarily of sub-surface insects (nymphs).
A key to successful nymphing is being able to know how to get your nymph pattern to the right depth. Therefore it is important to make accurate casts, so as to allow the nymph to sink to the right depth where you believe the fish may be!
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Lures are large flies of the streamer, bucktail and sculpin variety used to imitate baitfish, aggravate or act as 'attractors'.
From lakes to streams, you will catch all types of fish on good lure patterns. Form, flash and action are what makes a good lure pattern, colour is dictated by choice!
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