Fly Fishing Lessons
Many lessons in fly fishing are learned the hard way. These stories break down mistakes our guides here at Georgia Wild Trout have made on our many fly fishing trips around the globe. Hopefully you can learn from these fly fishing stories or make the right moves on the water that will allow you to land more fish.
Striped Bass, Musky, Smallmouth, Bull Trout, Giant Brown Trout are the kings of the stretches of river they occupy. Understanding their mentality as hunters is key learning their behavior and the best times to find and target them. In this adventure the European Taimen (Huchen/Danube Salmon) were the target species and teachers of this valuable lesson.
Whether you are fishing for rare, trophy, or just spooky fish, using a targeted approach is the best way to achieve success. Patience, consistency, and attention to detail are all important. This adventure into the mountains of Japan in search of the White Spotted Char or Iwana required all of these things.
On many rivers throughout the world, overlapping hatches can confuse the best off anglers. Trout may be completely fixated on one insect for days or even weeks at a time, only to change their diets with a flip of a switch. Knowing when to roll with the changes and stay ahead of the curve can be critical for success. On this adventure we visit the headwaters of the Soca River in Slovenia to target rising Marble Trout.
Trout are rising everywhere and you can't seem to buy a bite. Should you have splurged on that $800 fly rod? Or are there some subtle adjustments you can make to trick the trout into making a meal out of one of your flies. This lesson was learned on a small alpine lake of Colorado while targeting some finicky Tiger Trout that were patrolling the surface during a long hatch.
Two of the toughest skills to learn in all of fly fishing and two of the most important. By mastering these two skills anglers perspectives on how they see water will completely change for the better. This lesson was learned an incredibly hard and frustrating way while targeting the native Softmouth Trout of Bosnia. The beautiful Neretva River hosted on of if not the biggest lesson learned on the water.
Every angler from beginner to expert finds themselves fishing history from time to time. The deep pool where they once caught a memorable trophy, the tailout where rising trout made for an unforgettable morning of dry fly fishing, are tantalizing places to revisit time and time again whether or not the fish are even using these waters. Separating yourself from these tendencies and being able to fish the conditions at hand can make all of the difference and open the doors for learning and more success. Join this adventure to Loughs and chalk streams of Ireland on this humbling lesson.
The Lake Trout is certainly one of the more challenging salmonid species to catch in the world. Our journey to find this fish was full of failure, but in that failure there where many learning experiences that would translate over in future endeavors. Understanding how predators move in stillwater is important to improving your chances of success.
Every angler spends far too much time fishing unproductive stretches of stream. Learning when you need to fine tune your set up, or move on to greener pastures is important. This lesson is especially true when visiting new trout streams or new stretches of a familiar river. Chasing the The California Golden Trout and Native Bull Trout were the target of these fly fishing adventures and the teachers for this important lesson.