5 tips to improve your fly fishing.

5 tips to improve your fly fishingIts not just a matter of price, but unless you get real joy out of not spending money, a cheap outfit will not give you the pleasure a really good one will. And the pleasure of a good outfit is not imaginary, its physical.
Bob Wyatt

Bob Wyatt trout fishingBob brings a feisty Brown to the net.


1. Use a good outfit. 

Its not just a matter of price, but unless you get real joy out of not spending money, a cheap outfit will not give you the pleasure a really good one will. And the pleasure of a good outfit is not imaginary, its physical. Save up, trade up, whatever, but there is so much really good tackle available these days that fishing with a poor outfit just makes no sense.

2. Have more than one outfit.

There are few things worse than being undergunned or overgunned for the fishing you want to do. Unless you fish only one water, and fish with the same methods every time, you are going to need at least one more outfit. You wouldn’t play golf with one club.  So, get serious, and double, or triple your fun. When its time to fish the big cone head streamer, or the tiny dry fly, its great to have the appropriate tool for the job.

3. Don’t fish too light.

Fighting a big fish on a tippet that’s too light is nothing to brag about.  Sure, it takes some deft handling to keep from breaking off, but the extra time it takes to land it is a sure fire way to kill a fish. Trout are not as leader shy as they are cracked up to be, and leader material these days is twice as strong for its diameter as it was twenty years ago.  Work on your line management skills to avoid drag and line shadow instead, and get the fish in the net while its still kicking.

4. Practice your casting.

Be the best you can be. When it comes to fly fishing, most of our failures are due to poor casting skills. Practice makes perfect. Make those fancy presentation mends and accuracy casts second nature, so you don’t even think about it.  Practice for distance, and work on your double haul, but don’t turn every practice lesson into a pissing contest.  Button off on the power. Get out the hula hoops and get the fly in the middle. 

5. Fish like a Heron.

Charging up the river to get to the best pool first is a good way to miss a lot of good fishing. Lakes and streams have far more fish in them that are visible, and trout, especially big trout, are very sensitive to movement, Fish like a heron. Dead slow and stop.  You’ll see more of what’s going on in and around the water,  enjoy your time on the water even more and, importantly, catch more and larger fish.

Bob Wyatt is a recognised angler, author and artist. You can buy Bobs most recent book 'What Trout Want: The Educated Trout and Other Myths' on Amazon here
Bob Wyatt trout fishing
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