Trout flies are small “trout lures” that resemble bugs or flying insects. These lures are usually fished without weights and can be accompanied with an entire fly fishing set up. Trout flies can be hand tied by the fishermen or can be purchased, some of the best varieties are available online. Fly fishing is truly a specialty skill, and something that many sportsman take up for the challenge and obvious rewards. Fly fishing can be incredibly effective when targeting some of the more difficult to catch trout species, such as brown trout and brook trout.
Frequently when fishing with flies a trout will strike the surface of the water, making fly fishing an incredibly exciting way to fish for trout. Unlike when you are fishing with trout spinners or other lures that feature feathers or strings, a fly features usually no metal outside of the hook, and is incredibly light weight.
When selecting the trout fly for a given body of water, the most important aspects to consider are size, shape, color, and action. Action of course refers to the movement that you can create with the fly either by reeling it in or bouncing it along the waters surface.
A way to test various types of nymph flies at the same time, is tying them in tandem, which will allow you to see which of the nymphs the trout are targeting that day. Once you have an idea which of the nymph styles seems to be gaining the most attention.
There are many types of flies that can be used, but to have the best presentation it is advised to use a fly that would most likely be in the area naturally… and fish near structures and reeds, where the bugs would most likely be found naturally by a trout. Fly fishing is a great way to instigate a instinctual strike from a trout, a bite that can be triggered rather than waiting for the trout to graze.