trout fishing

How to Start Fly Fishing

If you have wanted to begin fly fishing recently, you are in the right hands. Fly fishing is a popular sport that as outgrown its numbers recently; it’s an exciting, challenging sport that is likely to push you to new limits daily. Although it’s expensive, fly fishing is a great way to exercise, and while it seems a little bit of an intimidating hobby, it shouldn’t be complicated. If you are a newbie in fly fishing, try out this beginner guide to help you get started.

Educate Yourself

You can spend some time trifling around alone on websites looking for information, but it would be much more effective if you requested someone to take you through the whole process first. Some local fly shops educate their customers for free or at a relatively small fee. These pieces of training are straight forward, and they enlighten you on fly fishing basics such as the best fly fishing kits and gears. However, most of these trainers don’t take you out on the water, but they train you on everything from knot tying and fly selection to casting and much more. This education allows you to get brief feedbacks from a professional before setting out for fishing.

Having the right rod, reel and line is probably the most important.

Select Your Reel, Line, and Rod

It’s always essential to include some good reel, rod and line packages in your fly fishing starter kit when heading out to fish. This can be a formidable task since there are thousands of styles available, each with different sizes, shapes, lengths, and features. You will, therefore, need first to consult a professional or else go for a five-weight, nine-foot rod. A full set up costs less than one hundred dollars and can last a decade.

Get Some Tippets and Leaders

Typically, the leader connects the fly line to the fly. The tapered material is then straightened out to ensure that the fly lands precisely where it is supposed to. On the other hand, the tippet extends the leader. You will need a tippet if some length of the leader is lost after cutting or breaking it. One should select a familiar brand for both the tippets and leaders to ensure that everything works well.

Get a Fly Box and Several Flies

If you see other fishermen out, start a conversation with them. You can find out the best flies suited for the area you are fishing at. This can lead into a new fishing partner as well.

There are several fishing flies, including streamers, dry flies, and nymphs. The choice of flies depends on the water conditions, water, and the species of fish you intend to catch. You’ll want to carry a variety of flies in your fly box to ensure that you are prepared whatever is thrown at you by any river. Depending on the type of fish you are fishing, some good fishing flies include the parachute Adams and the Royal Wolf. The Royal Wolf is best suited for any light conditions and can be used anywhere in the world.

When selecting a fly box, choose one that suits the type of flies you intend to use. Some are designed for dry flies while others for saltwater flies. The best fly box to use is a multi-compartment, multi-use fly box that carries multiple types of files.

Staying dry catching keepers all day.

Suit Up Appropriately

It’s essential for you to invest in a good pair of waders and always garb for the weather. If you are not fishing in deep waters on a hot, sunny day, you might not require waders. However, if you intend to fish in deep waters and you need a good pair of wanders to keep you warm and dry, Neoprene wanders are the go-to since they are inexpensive and lightweight. You can also explore nylon, synthetic, and rubber fly fishing apparel. If anything else, you need a good pair of boots if your wanders are not designed to be worn shoeless. Before selecting fishing gear, assess the water conditions and weather conditions before you head out to fish. This will keep you safe and comfortable.

Fly fishing is an exciting hobby that helps in opening doors for some exhilarating experiences. Even on the rainiest, dismal and cloudiest days, the ecstasy of reeling in a massive fish catch cannot be beaten. Even on days where you’ve caught nothing; fly fishing is an ideal way to harness the spiritual and emotional thrill of the great outdoors.

About the Author

Matthew Bernhardt, a third-generation Coloradan, grew up at the forefront of the state’s fly-fishing revolution, enjoying time on the water side by side with experienced guides and lifelong anglers.

By combining his passion for fly-fishing with input from other experienced fly-fishers and guides and his fine arts degree from Colorado State University, Matthew spent five years carefully developing the Drifthook Fly Fishing System, built to help every angler catch more trout.

When he’s not spending time with his wonderful family, you’ll find him out on the water catching MONSTER trout, and he anxiously looks forward to the day when his kids are old enough to join him there. would like to thank Matthew for sharing his thoughts today. Want to share something? Let us know!

Trout Fishing Using Inline Spin Lures

Article By Jon Barzacchini on behalf of Ultimate Fishing (


Inline spinners have been in the fishing game for decades and have been a popular lure choice for most anglers who are targeting aggressive game fish species. Even beginners who are looking to switch from live bait to artificial lures tend to lean towards inline spin lures because they just flat out catch fish. Not only are inline spinners a great beginner tool for novice anglers but they are extremely versatile lures for even the experienced anglers.

There is something about the vibration and the flash of inline spinner that send fish into a feeding frenzy. While most game fish species favour the look and action of an inline spinner rainbow trout seem to fancy the lure the most. Although the inline spinner can be considered a beginner lure there is some skill and finesse required to use this lure so that it can be fished at its full potential.

Choosing the right size, weight, colour, and brand is the most important decision to make before an angler can even think about throwing an inline spinner into a trout infested pool. These four factors play a huge role when attempting to land a rainbow. An example of inexpensive brand of inline spinners that flat out catch fish are the Blue Fox Super Vibrax. The durability and blade thumping action of a Vibrax is superb for a lure at such a great price point.

The Vibrax and similar style trout spin lures can be found at most fishing stores, including local tackle shops, and come in a plethora of weights, colours and sizes.

It’s important to choose the right spin lure for the appropriate conditions. If the trout are feeding deeper in water ranging from 5ft.-9ft. choose a 1/4oz / 7g spin lure. The heavier the lure the faster it will sink near bottom and stay in the strike zone of the trout. If an angler chooses to fish a shallow creek or stream where the water is a mere 1ft-4ft deep a 1/8oz / 3.5g spin lure is the ideal weight to throw because it is significantly lighter and can be worked at a reasonable pace without getting snagged.

The Blue Fox Vibrax is a fairly simple and straight forward lure to use, especially for beginner anglers. The best way to work this style of spinner is to reel the lure in with a steady pace. The water depth will dictate how fast or slow the lure should be retrieved. The deeper the water the slower the retrieve, but the shallower the water the faster the angler must retrieve to keep the lure from hitting the bottom. Retrieve is also strongly based on how active the fish are; if it is a hot summer day and the trout are lethargic a slow retrieve is necessary to coax a bite. If the water temperature is cold a faster retrieve should be used because the trout will most likely be feeding heavily.

The least significant, but still important, factor to fishing a spin lure is choosing a colour the works best. A simple way to make sure a colour works is to see if the colour of the spin blade matches the pattern of the minnows that the trout are eating. Most spin lures are designed to imitate a bait fish or minnows, so picking a lure that matches the same colour pattern of the trout forage can be a deciding factor as to whether or not an angler will catch a fish.

Whether a trout angler is a beginner or experienced they should always take these tips into consideration when choosing to throw the right inline spinner. Overcome factors such as weather, water depth, and fish activity by throwing the correct style of inline spinner, while using these lure specific tactics to bring more fish on shore or into the boat.