How River Trout Fishing Works

Fly Fishing for Trout

There are a few different ways to fish trout -- some easy, s­ome not so much. But you're up to the challenge. Fly fishing is difficult, but it's also one of the most popular methods for river fishing.

A fly is a type of lure made out of light-weight materials like feathers or special string. You attach a fly to a hook and use a lightweight rod to cast the fly onto the surface of the river. The cast is the difficult part, so read on to get a better understanding.

Here's one method, but before you go out, you may want to do further research on the specific, and sometimes, complex details of fly-fishing.

  • Get a firm stance on the edge or slightly in the river and let out 30 feet (9.14 meters) of line. With your wrist pointing down, keep your thumb on top of the grip.
  • With your wrist still firmly cocked down, bring your forearm up, keeping the rod in a straight line. When the rod is close to perfectly vertical, immediately stop your arm.
  • Snap your wrist back and forth, keeping your arm still, until there are no waves in the line. It should begin to form a narrow loop. Pause slightly until the line is unrolled and then make a forward stroke.
  • With your wrist cocked back, move your arm forward toward your target and stop quickly when the rod forms a 45-degree angle with the ground.
  • Snap your wrist forward, aiming the end of your rod a few feet above your target on the river.
  • Steadily lower your rod until it's horizontal. Your line will unroll, straightening out with the help of the leader and placing your fly on target.

Once you've mastered the hard part, don't forget the little things you already learned. Go to the final page for a helpful wrap-up.