Catching Trout on the Fly
Trout are without doubt the most targeting fish on the fly throughout the entire globe, Why? Well they tick all boxes, living in just about every habitat and feeding on just about anything. They don't mind skinny water and as such are an amazing visual target.
Being such a diverse fish, it is almost impossible to cover them thoroughly in this short space but here's some essentials.
You'll need to consider a few aspects when choosing an outfit.
To keep things super simple a 9 foot 5 weight will likely be most versatile, then with consideration to the above points a rod weight or 2 either side of this may suit best.
Leader and Tippet
Again this comes back to the specific scenario and you will require a range of tippets and leaders depending on the situation and fly size.
In short, tiny flies will require very fine tippets, say as small as 3lb (7X). Regular sized flies of between 10 - 14 can be fished effectively with tippets or 5 - 6lb (5X - 6X). Larger flies can certainly still be fished on light tippets, however you have the luxury of increasing slightly if you choose, particularly in low light scenarios.
Leaders choice will be specific to the situation but a good start point for most situations is 9 foot 6.4lb (4X) coupled with a couple of feet of your chosen tippet.
Talk about a can of worms! There is no other fish on the planet with such a diverse diet and there are flies to match it all! When starting out the golden rule is to keep it simple and grow your knowledge slowly with experience on your local waters.
To start out we suggest the following.
Streamers - Some simple baitfish patterns in both weighted and unweighted versions. Woolley buggers, Hamill's killers and Alexandia's all tick the box.
Nymphs - Former Tasmanian trout guide, Neil Grose says it best "Don’t get too obsessed with fly patterns, remember that trout eat things which are mostly half an inch long and brown". With this a small handful of nymphs in varying weights are essential is the box. The pheasant tail and Hares ear Nymphs are 2 great patterns.
Dries - Back to the keep it simple approach. If you know what insects are about then it will pay to go specific. e.g. Mayfly emerges and Duns. If your in the dark then we suggest to go with suggestive pattens. Elk hair caddis, royal wulff's, stimulators, red tags and hopper patterns all tick the box.
There's been books written on this subject as the topic is huge and beyond the scope of this page. We can however offer up these tip bits.
Enjoy the learning journey.