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Fly Fishing Basics – Wet Fly vs Dry Fly

One of the first things you’ll need to learn when you’re getting into fly fishing is the difference between a wet fly and a dry fly. This can be hard to learn early on just because it seems so basic a fact among so many long time anglers. But we all start out as complete newbies, so this is a great place to start.

The type of fly you use, and therefore the type of fishing you’ll be practicing, depends a lot on what style of angling you plan on using. Fly fishing comes in two forms: wet fly fishing or dry fly fishing, hence the difference between wet flies and dry flies.

Dry fly fishing is the type most often portrayed in magazine articles, books, and movies. Some anglers is considered the “purer” of the two forms, though there really isn’t a major reason for that. This type of fly fishing is done with a fly that will float on the surface of the water, whether it’s a creek, stream, lake, or river. The fish have to hit the lure on the surface for you to hook it and reel in, and your hope is that your fly looks like a bug jumping on the surface to entice the fish to hit.

As might be expected, wet fly fishing involves a different type of lure. A wet fly is one that goes underwater. Some of these types of lures can even sink all the way to the bottom if they are designed for that style. These flies are made to be mobile below the water’s surface so they can move around in the current, and often times a wet fly fishing angler will use multiple flies at once to up the chances of success.

If you’re looking to go the traditional route with dry fly fishing, then summer is the best time for you to spend time in the water. The summer has the most insects and mosquitoes that fish feast on, which is exactly what you are trying to make your fly simulate. There are also decent times in the fall for the same style, it just depends on weather, location, and what the bugs are doing.

Wet fly fishing isn’t as restrictive since the lures go underwater, allowing them to seem realistic for longer periods of the year. Regardless of which style of fly you choose to use, learning more about each style of angling will help give you a leg up on enjoying this great new recreation.

So those are the two types of fly fishing. Knowing which style interests you most will help to ensure that you will purchase the right gear that you need for your new hobby!
Source by Shane Dayton

Spin Fishing For Trout With Streamers

Spin fishing for trout with streamers? This doesn’t seem like something that is possible does it? After all everyone knows that a streamer is an artificial fly and in order to use a streamer as bait you need to be a “fly fisherman” right? What I’m trying to tell you is that you actually don’t have to be a fly fisherman to fish with streamers and this type of artificial fly can actually be used while spin fishing.

In this article I will explain how to go about spin fishing for trout while using a streamer as bait. As a matter of fact I will outline a pair of techniques that can be employed by the average spin fisherman to use this very effective bait for trout. As a matter of fact many experienced trout fishermen claim that using streamers as bait while using spinning gear may actually be more effective than fishing for trout with streamers while using fly fishing gear.

A major key to both of these techniques is that a longer ultra light spinning rod than you might normally use is in order. You need a fishing rod that’s in the neighborhood of seven to eight feet long. This will not only give you added casting distance, but will also aide in keeping in contact with (or “feeling”) the streamer that’s tied to the end of your line. With that being said, let’s get down to business.

    1. The Bubble Technique – The bubble technique involves a piece of terminal tackle that is referred to as a casting bubble (sometimes called a fly fishing bubble). This small plastic sphere that looks much like a clear bobber has a plug running through the center of it that will allow water to enter the bubble itself when it is submerged beneath the water. When the plug it pushed in the opposite direction the water stops flowing, thus adding weight to the bubble which makes casting and retrieving a lightweight streamer much easier. There is no doubt that when spin fishing for trout with streamers the bubble technique is a “must know” for any spin fisherman who wants to use the extremely effective trout bait known as streamers.

 

  1. The Bullet Technique – The bullet technique involves using a bullet weight, just like the ones that bass fishermen use when making a Carolina rig. A bullet weight is slipped onto your line and a barrel swivel is then tied to the end of the line. A twelve to twenty four inch leader is now tied to the other side of the barrel swivel and your streamer is tied to the end of the leader. This rig can now be cast out and retrieved with a starting and stopping motion. The bullet technique is effective in both lake and river trout fishing scenarios. The size of the bullet weight will vary depending on water depth, current flow, etc. Experimentation will be necessary to determine the proper amount of weight for the particular situation that you are fishing in.

The bottom line is that if you fish for trout with traditional spin fishing gear, streamers can not only be used but can be used effectively and one or both aforementioned techniques should be added to your trout fishing repertoire sooner rather than later.
Source by Trevor Kugler

Salmon Fishing Tip – How to make Your Own Salmon Bait

There are times when you just can’t find any suitable bait for salmon fishing. I’ve looked at some of the dried vacuum packed salmon eggs at sporting goods stores but frankly I think you may just be wasting your money trying to catch a salmon using that so called bait.

The following is a recipe for tuna balls that really makes a good alternative salmon bait. I’ve caught fall salmon using tuna balls fished below bobbers in tidewaters. I have also used tuna balls up river after fishing a hole for 15 to 20 minutes without success using eggs, switch to tuna balls and have had guys in my boat catch salmon. Tuna balls work and here is how you can make them:

Tuna Balls for Salmon fishing

You will need:

1. Premium Canned Tuna in oil – one can

2. Some old salmon eggs that have been in the freezer for a couple of years,

3. Mike’s Glo Scent Oil – Shrimp.

4. Small Puffballs – pink.

5. Raspberry Jello – one pkg.

6. Wedding vale – pink or red

7. Wonder Thread or 6 lb. Mono also works

In large bowl:

1. Drain off Tuna oil and save in separate container.

2. Mix in the Jello with the Tune to desired color.

3. Finely chop up roe and combine with tuna and jello, leave some eggs intact.

4. Add small hand-full of the puff balls, mix,

5. One half bottle of Mike’s Shrimp Oil, mix (use rubber gloves to prevent divorce)

6. Cut the wedding vale into 4″ squares.

7. Spoon out enough mixture onto the 4″ squares to make a ball about the size of a quarter, hold the corners of the wedding vale and use the thread to make a tight ball of mixture. Tie tightly and cut off excess wedding vale and place in a clean jar and add tune oil and allow to site overnight. FISH ON !

8. Send this recipe to one or more of your fishing buddies who uses old dried out roe.

Note: this message will self-destruct in 60 seconds, Good Luck and Good Fishing.
Source by Stanley Stanton

10 Trout Fishing Tips For Fishing At Strawberry Reservoir Utah

Ask any angler and they will tell you that Strawberry Reservoir is Utah’s most important trout fishery. More people cast their hooks into it’s cool water than in any other lake in Utah. Their are a number of important factors which contribute to Strawberry Reservoir’s trout producing muscle power such as:

1. optimum feed production

2. perfect climate for Trout habitat

3. premium spawning habitat for trout.

Strawberry Reservoir is home to three species of sport fish: Bear Lake Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon. These fish are abundant and big in Strawberry Reservoir.

To make the most out of your next Trout fishing trip at Strawberry Reservoir, use these 10 trout fishing tips when you fish Strawberry Reservoir and you’ll always catch more fish than you’ll ever be able to take home!

1. Fish early morning or early evening. This is when the trout are most actively feeding at Strawberry Reservoir.

2. Monitor the lake water temperature. Keep in mind that when the water temperature at Strawberry Reservoir rises above 70 degrees, trout seek cooler water. That means, you’ll only find them in shaded or deeper areas.

3. When the temperatures get too warm, fish the shaded pockets of water at Strawberry Reservoir.

4. Use a boat on Strawberry Reservoir. In the summer, fishing from a boat at Strawberry allows you to reach the deeper water where the fish hideout while seeking cooler conditions. If you don’t have a boat, you can rent one at Strawberry Bay Marina.

5. Using a fish finder will tell you where the trout are and also it will tell you and how deep they are at Strawberry Reservoir.

6. It’s a fact that trout have a keen sense of smell, and they won’t bite your hook if your lure or bait carries an unnatural odor. To remedy this, simply rub dirt or grass on your hands to eliminate unnatural odors. You could even clean a fish you catch, to get that scent on your hands.

7. Trout spook at shadows. Trout notice things that move, including your shadow. So when casting your line, cast it in the opposite direction, away from your shadow.

8. Trout have a very keen sense of vision and they can see through the water remarkably well. So when you venture out to fish, be sure to wear clothing which is less apt to cause you to stand out against your background. Wear only drab colored clothing.

9. Monitor the weather and the moon phases and brightness. Only fish when trout are most active. When the moon is bright, fish are active, which tends to reduce their daytime feeding activity.

10. Using gang hooks allows you to present the live bait in a more natural manner.

These tips are guaranteed to bring you tremendous fishing success at Strawberry Reservoir.
Source by Suzi Phillips

Trout Fishing Techniques – For the Advanced Trout Angler

Do you know what it’s like to spend a good amount of time trout fishing and not consistently catch large trout? Many people have this problem. In this article I’m going to outline some tips and techniques that will help you take your trout angling to the next level. So, why am I someone who knows anything about advanced trout fishing techniques? There are two simple reasons.

First, I personally have more than 20 years of trout fishing experience, fishing for these beautiful fish from Pennsylvania to Montana. In the past 7 years I’ve focused specifically on catching large trout (eighteen inches and over), which has given me more valuable experience. The second reasons that I was taught about trout fishing by a man who has since passed away, and was the most effective trout angler I’ve since known.

If you are or want to become an advanced trout angler the first thing to keep in mind is to keep the basics in mind. In many cases the basics are the difference between having trout fishing success and experiencing average results. The basics, such as the size of your line, your knots, the color of your clothing, and the time when you are fishing make the difference between catching a lot of trout and lackluster trout fishing results.

Let’s start you fishing line. No line larger than six pound test should ever be employed when trout fishing. When it comes to trout fishing techniques, no matter what technique you use, the size of your line needs to be paid attention to. I personally prefer four pound test monofilament, and siz pound is the maximum line weight that should be used. You should also make sure that your fishing line is as “fresh” as possible. This means re-spooling every month or so to make sure that your line is as “fresh” as possible. Fresh line performs much better than heavily used fishing line.

As far as your knots are concerned, you want to make sure each and every knot is tied properly. It’s also a great idea to re-tie after every couple of trout or after catching a large trout. After fighting a large trout your knots become stressed and much less strong. Pay attention to your knots and you will eliminate losing trout because of this simple problem.

Trout have very sensitive eyesight and almost always live in cold clear water. Trout are also very aware of their surroundings and anything that is “out of the ordinary”. This means that you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. Make sure you wear drab colored clothing so that you don’t draw any unnecessary attention to yourself. If trout detect something out of the ordinary they are much less apt to bite. Advanced trout anglers always pay attention to their clothing.

The last thing that advanced trout anglers pay attention to is when they are fishing. What do I mean by this? Simply that the time of the day and month that you’re trout fishing has an amazing impact on whether or not you experience success. The simplest way to know the best times to be fishing is by learning the simple ways in which the weather and moon impact fishing. Of all the trout fishing techniques in this article, this may be the most important.

The bottom line is that these tips and techniques will make anyone (especially the advanced trout angler) much more successful. Most of being an advanced trout angler has to do with the details. Paying attention to and doing the simple things that many anglers neglect to do. The last important aspect o becoming an advanced trout angler is spending time on the water honing your skills. The more time you can spend on the water trout fishing, the better.
Source by Trevor Kugler