“Fishing for trout? Here are the insider trout fishing tips you will need to hit expert angler status.”
There are numerous ways to fish for trout in Stillwater and more are being developed regularly. Here follows some Trout fishing tips that you can keep in mind the next time you go fishing for Trout.
On any weekend on trout Stillwater you will find anglers fishing, sinking lines utilising one of the killer patterns (Walker’s Killer, Mrs. Simpson, Hamill’s Killer etc.) as well as Woody Burglars of various descriptions. The fly is cast out, allowed to sink and retrieved quite rapidly. This method is fairly successful and I believe that dragon fly nymphs and baitfish are being imitated as these are the only two food forms that can move at the speed that the line is retrieved.
Attractor patterns can also be very effective and especially so at certain times of the year. Flies like Kent’s baby rainbow, Micky Finn, Strip leech and Zonkers are employed. These are baitfish imitations and will be fished on intermediate or sinking line. The retrieve should be rapid as baitfish can move very rapidly.
Dragon and Damsel flies are flavoured trout food forms and these imitators can be very effective.
Flies like the Lake Dragon, Hover Dragon, FiloPlume Dragon, Scud Back Damsel and Red Eye Damsel are well loved by Trout. When fishing these patterns the retrieve is very important. The Ashnidae Dragon Fly nymph swims in rapid bursts so that when imitating it, the line should be retrieved in short strips. Damsels on the other hand swim very slowly and therefore these imitations need to be retrieved very slowly. These patterns should be employed on floating or intermediate lines. With these flies we talk about matching the patch as they take on the colour of the weed bed that they are in. It stands to reason that in spring and summer we will use olive or green flies and in winter we will move to browner flies.
Nymphs on a floating line is a deadly technique for trout. Longer leaders are generally employed and the fly is moved by using a long, slow and even retrieve. What effectively happens is that the fly sinks down and as the floating line is retrieved, the fly is moved upwards in the water column thereby imitating a rising nymph. Flies that can be employed here are Peacock Woolly Worm, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear and Pheasant Tail Nymph. These nymphs can be tied with various numbers of lead wire wraps and this allows one to fish on various levels.
One of the newer techniques of fishing for Trout is to employ a large dry fly or hopper on a floating line. Attached to this fly we have a dropper line attached New Zealand style. On this, a nymph is attached and by using nymphs of different weights we can fish on three different levels. Suitable dry flies are large DDD, Kaufman’s Stimulator, Dave’s Hopper etc. The flies are simply cast out and allowed to drift in the wind.
Buzzers and emergers can also be very effective and should drift in the surface film. These are also fished static or allowed to drift in the wind lanes. Some anglers use a large dry fly and fish a buzzer attached to the dry.
Dry flies by themselves can be very effective on still water. As trout becomes feeding specific during a hatch, one must be able to “match the hatch”. This is often difficult especially if the hatch consists of small mayflies. Caddis are easy to imitate and a DDD, Goddard Caddis or Elk hair Caddis will produce results.
When the fish rises to the fly it is important not to tighten too quickly as this results in the fly being pulled out of the fish’s mouth. The old British Anglers used to say that when you see the rise you were to say “God save the Queen” and only then tighten.