How To Fish For Lake Trout
In this video, get tips and techniques on small stillwater fly fishing. Fly fishing instructor Gavin Hodgson shows you what you will need to set up a kit and begin fishing for trout.
Stillwater trout fishing. This is an area we specialize in and I think it appeals to most. It appeals to people right across the board from the predatory fisherman, the guy who likes to chase things and cast flies fast and strip them back real quickly.
Or it appeals to the imitator fisher, the guy who likes to fish dry flies and small imitative nymphs and try and take fish on a fish trying to feed basis rather than on the fish chasing the flies. Now, we'll talk about the two basic types in the UK. We have small stillwater fly fishing and reservoir fishing.
And basically line sizes, in general, most people would fish a 5 on a small stillwater and a 7 on a reservoir, and that comes down to fly size. We've got various flies, which some are imitative and some are very much not imitative, so we're appealing to the aggressive nature and appealing to the feeding instinct of a fish depending on what flies we tie on. Now what we tie on at times of year will depend on obviously the season, the conditions, the temperature, and what's going on in the water.
So if we've got insects hatching, we're always taking that into account. We're taking into account what the trout are feeding on and what stage of the lifecycle they are feeding on that fly. Everybody thinks of fly fishing and thinks of casting a dry fly down a stream, but there's many other ways to take a trout and 80% of the trout's diet is below the surface, so let's tie on sinking pattern or a nymph and fish for those fish too.
When we catch a fish, we've got various thing we need. A priest if we're taking the fish, obviously the humane way to dispatch your fish. Get rid of that quickly.
A marrow spoon, which is an interesting little tool for seeing what your fish is feeding on, give the marrow spoon a twist, pull it out and everything the fish has fed on will be left in that spoon and we can see and that will help us choose what flies to tie on next to improve our catch rate. Now, reels. I've got a couple of reels, that one there is a very nice reel, but it's basically a one spool reel.
The other option that we have is to go with a cartridge reel, and with the cartridge reels we have the option of obviously carrying other fly lines for various jobs on cartridges in a little case. So we've got these cartridges, very popular now with the stillwater fisherman. Now, everybody likes to fish a floating line, but we can't ignore the fact that floating lines will only work some of the time.
So for example, the 7 weight. Here's a 7 weight floating line. The next most important, I think, is a clear intermediate and a clear intermediate line is going to sink at about 2 inches per second.
So that's a countdown rate. That's a good sinking speed for us. Casting the flies and letting them sink through the water column and fish them at a reasonable retrieve rate without catching the bottom which is very annoying.
Fast sinking fly lines. Now obviously, this is very useful for the boat fisherman in very deep water, but it's also good for bank fishermen when we've got conditions where the fish are on the bottom, very cold or very warm where we need to get the fly down deep. Now in fishing tactics like that, obviously, fly choice comes into it.
We've got a fly which is aptly named the Booby. Now, that's a buoyant fly, that's going to fish off the bottom, so our fly line is on the bottom and it's going to be above. Now all these flies here, you can fish with all of the fly lines, but the more delicate patterns tend to be fished with a floating line, because we are fishing to fish that we are usually spotting or we know are feeding fairly close to the surface.
And we've got various patterns to imitate various insects in their different stages of life cycle. Buzzers, traditional wet flies, bead head nymphs all fishing and sinking at different rates as well as big dry flies, small emergers and then we've got the big ugly rubber leg pat