By George Richards
If you are out there fishing for rainbow or brown trout you are fishing for the largest trout you can find. If this is the case then perhaps you should try using a larger fly for your fly fishing expeditions. The larger the trout the more likely it is to want to consume larger meals. Large trout like to sit in deep slow water and tend to not use very much of their energy. This allows them to be opportunistic in their meal assertions so they will simply wait for a larger meal to happen by them. Unless food is especially abundant in their waters, it will often be more time and energy consuming to feed on small nymphs and flies then it is to wait for a larger meal to drift through. After a certain point in weight gain, the fish must move onto fewer but larger meals to continue.
Naturally therefore, if you want to go for bigger fish, try bigger trout flies and you will find you get some amazing results. Woolly Buggers and large wet flies often have dramatic results when compared to smaller varieties. It is also important to know that a little yellow on your fly can work wonders. When the water is cloudy for instance and the visibility is down you want the fish to be able to see your fly in order for a catch to be possible. Yellow is often regarded as a remarkable colour when fly fishing that tends to attract fish to strike even while not generally feeding. A little yellow in the tail of your trout flies can also be beneficial against the match the hatch rule. When there are a large group of flies present it can sometimes take an extremely long time before you get your first fish simply because there are millions of flies out there so your chances of being picked are lower. Using a fly that is similar for the most part, but has one striking element such as a small yellow bit in the tail, can really make the difference and coax the fish into choosing your fly over the real flies.
Black ant and black gnat trout flies are also essential fly fishing gear for those aiming for rainbow, brown or brook trout. Always carry a few black ants or black gnats with you as these have been well researched and found to be the most popular food of choice for more than 90% of brook, rainbow and brown trout. If the trout aren’t feeding on your usual assortment of flies, bring out a black ant or gnat and work them around rocks being careful to ensure they float naturally with the current. You can also try this lure under overhanging trees and branches. This type of fly is particularly effective during the summer months when these flies make up the largest proportion of the trout diet. In short, always make sure you have a variety of trout flies to hand.
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