Many anglers shy away from winter fly fishing thinking that the chances of catching fish, say a winter trout, is pretty minimal due to the conditions. If it’s super cold outside, chances are the fishing is going to slow right?
Fishing the dry fly is the pinnacle of fly fishing for trout. Many anglers regard dry fly fishing as the most exciting form of fly fishing as there is nothing quite as exhilarating as when you see a trout sip your dry fly off the surface of the water. The take is so visual and it really gets your heart going.
One of the first things all fly fishers have to do when they start out fly fishing is having the right fly fishing gear. Of all the bits of fly fishing gear to choose from, the most important and key decision for success is choosing a fly rod that is right for your abilities and the species of fish you’re targeting.
Steelhead vs rainbow trout, what are the differences? For fly fishing anglers across the world understanding the difference between steelhead and rainbow trout is not only key to their fly fishing success, but also to the protection of the species, and to preserving the natural environment they live in.
The arbor knot is one of the best fishing knots you can use to attach your fishing line onto a fishing reel. It’s a simple and quick fishing knot to tie and you can attach braided fishing line, monofilament, or fluorocarbon securely to any type of fishing reel including spinning reels and fly reels.
If you can learn the uni knot, then you can almost get by without learning any other fishing knot out there, it has a great many uses and it’s quick and easy to tie. You can use it to join two lines by doing a double uni knot, tie on a hook with to your leader with a single, or make a loop connection.
A blood knot, also known as a barrel knot sometimes, is one of the most used knots in the fly fishing world. It dates back hundreds of years and was used on sailing boats at the end of whips or cat o nine tails for the purpose of drawing blood when punishing an unruly mate on board, hence the name blood knot, and is used in sailing today as a stopper knot.
The Pheasant Tail nymph PTN is probably one of the most iconic nymph fly patterns ever tied and fished in fly fishing. It is made to imitate the nymph stage of a mayfly; the American pheasant tail nymph could also be mistaken as a stonefly if tied in larger versions with longer pheasant tail fibres.
Lee Wulff is probably one of the most famous fly fishing personalities of our age and was responsible for developing many fly tying techniques. He is probably most well known for being one of the first pioneers to start using animal hair in the tying of his dry flies. This changed the way we look at and design dry flies.