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Old 09-30-2011, 05:05 PM
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Default What's your preferred trout technique?

I am heading to the Great Smoky Mountains next week to do some fly fishing. I am a total rookie and have only previously fished with much more experienced fly fisherman and guides who have pretty much told me what to do.


So, what are some go to techniques for a total rookie??
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I would do a Google search for any flyshops in the area you are going. See what flies are working and or you may want to call them and tell them you are coming and talk to them. See what's working and how to present the flies. Always good to talk to the local flyfishermen and get their input. That's where I would start.
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There are a bunch of different techniques.
- Dry fly
- Wet fly
- Streamer
- Nymph

Each technique has a time and place. You just need to figure that out.

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I prefer to throw my line out, not have to think about it, and when I roll cast or retreive my line there is a 30 inch rainbow on my line.
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Good advice above on asking the locals what's happening or what might be happening when you get there. But if you have to do it yourself, go to the stream and look at the situation. How fast is the current? How clear is the water? What's the weather? Are there any bugs flying around or drifting on the surface? Are there any trout rising to any of those bugs?

Rule of thumb...if the water looks anything from murky to really clear and there are riffles and pools and there aren't any trout obviously rising, your first option should probably be nymphing. If trout are rising, dry flies. If the water is murky and/or it's a dark, cloudy day, I will always give streamers a good try. If there are a lot of slower pools, I'll do a dry fly with a small nymph as a dropper through the pools instead of nymphing them traditionally.

The best fly fishermen I know are proficient in all these techniques, and if the one they think should work isn't working, they tinker with it for a while--different flies, more weight, different size flies, less weight, different streamer strips. If it still isn't working they go on to the next technique.
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Dry fly fishing to me is the most relaxing thing I do if that makes sense.
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Dry fly fishing to me is the most relaxing thing I do if that makes sense.
Seeing an indicator gently slip under the water is much more relaxing than seeing a trout hammer a dry fly
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Default Re: What's your preferred trout technique?

Dry flies with a bamboo rod. And watch the timing!
But as a beginner, like others say, find the local shops, look online for that area's "what's working" for this time of year flies hatches and techniques.
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The previous post's are all correct and informative, especially checking in with local fly shops. When fishing new water, I like to throw two fly’s (if req’s allow). I use a dry fly (fly shops should be able to shed some light on fly choice) and then use a dropper. (another fly that is between 12 & 18” below the first fly). The dry fly act’s as a strike indicator as well as being able catch fish.

I like tying on my first fly with a clinch or improved clinch knot , then tie on a piece of tippet to the bend of the hook. (this system helps with eliminating tangles).

This system gets you fishing two completely different fly’s and two different depths of water. Depending on your casting ability /experience, casting a dropper can be difficult, but with practice, you will soon become proficient.
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Default Re: What's your preferred trout technique?

I fish the GSMNP a fair amount. It really depends on where you are going. There are some fairly diverse streams there, big and small, heavily pressured and not, etc.

If you want to tell me where you are going, I may be able to help. By no means have I fished the entire park, but I have camped and fished in a lot of areas there. PM me if you prefer, I may or may not be able to help.
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