Eight Tips to Improve Your Fly-Fishing Skills
June 8, 2022

There are so many techniques in fishing that learning all of them seems impossible. However, your skills will certainly improve when you actively consider ways to improve them:

1. Learn how to make delicate presentations

When learning how to make delicate presentations focus on controlling the rod’s tip. If you drop it too early, the fly line won’t roll out completely, and it may crash into the surface.

So, the rod tip is better at eye level to allow enough room for rolling out the loop.

2. Fish upstream in small water

Working upstream gives you better access to trout, and you’ll catch them from the rear. Don’t be surprised when you see fishers on all fours, crawling towards fish to avoid scaring them away. Of course, you don’t have to do it too; just ensure you stay as quiet as possible and won’t scare them away.

While trekking upstream, you’ll notice pools of water on your way. They offer more opportunities to catch fish without distracting your prey with your shadow.

3. The length of the tippet

Pay attention to the length of the tippet if you aim to have a productive day on the water. Many options have only been designed with aesthetics in mind, and they don’t do much for drag reduction or delicacy.

4. Pay attention to the slip strike

The slip strike works with the friction from the fly line. Use this technique if you can relate to being heavy-handed when you strike. Avoid raising the tip of the rod, too; form an “O” with your index finger and thumb, and allow the line to pass through it when you lift the rod tip.

And don’t worry about the tippet – the tension is firm enough that it won’t break.

5. Approaching the water

Don’t wade right into the water immediately. You may be lucky enough to glimpse trout by the bank when you stand at the edge. They sometimes choose protection or cover within reach, making your chances of a catch even higher.

6. Dead-drifting streamers

Another thing you need to do is learn how to dead-drift a streamer to make it perpendicular to the current. That involves using your fly fishing line to control the fly like you would when angling for a nymph.

Try the high-sticking technique when you’re looking to drift the streamer through the midst of a pair of boulders.

7. Casting in a dangerous crosswind

Don’t cast when the wind is blowing in your face. Instead, your casting hand should be on the other side of your body, away from the direction of the wind. Then, cast as you ordinarily would, but the presentation should be on the backcast.

However, some discipline is important if you want the line to unroll the right way.

8. Use bigger flies

Black lures are better for fly-fishing, even though fluorescent and white ones are also effective. The larger ones are more likely to catch a trout’s eye, so go for a lure that’s bigger than you’d ordinarily use.