As a few of you know, I recently started pursuing the Sport of Fly Fishing.. It has always interested me, but I've never really figured on spending the money to get all the gear, as I knew hardly anything about the sport.
But after thinking about it, 5 days ago found me at a Cabela's check out with a few fly's, fly rod, reel and line, which was pre set up with leaders and a tippet. I've taken it out a total of 4 times for trout so far, and I must say it's a very rewarding sport, filled with alot of challenges that spin fishing didn't pressent!
First time on the stream, I managed to luck out and nymph this pretty rainbow which measured out to 13.5".
The next day I took the fly rod out to a bigger stream which I hoped would have deeper water, and I managed to dry fly this ugly rainbow with a Brown Caddis pattern. This fish measured 13"
The following day I decided to go back to the first stream where I caught my first trout. This day my luck finaly ran out and I got skunked. However, yesterday I took an hour or so to run to a nearby river about 15 miles away. The fish where biting fast and furious, but I was having trouble hooking them.
The only trout that was landed was this beautiful 15.5" Wild Brown trout that took a Stonefly Nymph dead drifted through a riffle run.
So I'm curious, how many of you other trappers on this site enjoy the sport of fly fishing to pass the time 'till trapping season gerts here!?
Last Edit: Sept 1, 2012 15:27:40 GMT -5 by minifoxer
I have been fly fishing fo around 40 years, its about the only way I fish for trout or steelhead anymore. I also use the flyrod for bass and panfish. You will find times when the fish can be very selective as to what they will hit, a very helpful item is an insect hatch guide for you area. You should be able to find these at shops specializing in fly fishing tackle. I live in southern Oregon and I fly fish year round, you would be surprised at how picky fish can be at times, but when you figure out what they are feeding on, it can be so easy. Ron
Post by richardfederation on Sept 2, 2012 7:44:01 GMT -5
I have been fly fishing so long that I can hardly catch anything on conventional gear. I also fish year round in freshwater and salt from little mountain brook trout and panfish all the way to tarpon and sharks on a fly.
Ronnie, thanks for that advice. Right about now I could use as much of it as I can get! LOL I searched the internet for an insect guide for my area, and didn't find any. I pretty much learned that it vary's from stream to stream, from month to month, and pretty much from hour to hour. From hwat I gathered, it's one of those things you have to figure out yourself, on the streams you fish. Lot's to learn. Guess that's what makes it fun!
Hi mini Fly fishing is very popular in my area, the fly shops have hatch guides even for a particular stream here. They give the dates certain insects are available, mornings evenings or what ever, give a list of the patterns that copy that insect and the recemended sizes. But day in and day out nymphing will be the best producer and thats pretty basic, I can get by with only five or six patterns in my box and catch fish, caddis nymphs, stone fly nymphs, midges, mayfly nymphs and scuds are common in most streams around the country as well as leeches. Have a selection of those and you will find something that will work. Fishing for bass, bluegill, perch and crappie is also a blast, but they are not so picky, if it moves and they can get it in their mouth, you can have a ball. We have a lot of smallmouth bass here, poppers, leech patterns and gaudy streamers just kill them. one hell of a lot of fun.