How to Catch Rainbow Fish

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When targeting rainbow trout on free stone streams, the first step is to gain knowledge from a local fly shop regarding which flies to use. Learn about dry and wet fishing for rainbow trout with help from a fly fishing guide in this free video on fly fishing for rainbow trout.

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When targeting rainbow trout on free stone streams such as these, if I'm not familiar with the area I would first try to get some local knowledge from a local fly shop or some local fly fishermen onto what flies, what hatches. And then I would take that into strong consideration as to how I would approach each area. Looking at these seams, pools, pockets on the river I would then decide do I want to start dry fly or subsurface fly fishing. Most and lower water conditions such as you are seeing behind me, the I would probably start on the surface with a dry fly first and then work my way down. And my theory to that is as I start in my dry fly I'm doing less water disturbance. And then if I have no success with the dry after a few cast in a certain area, I'll swing down into a wet fly just below the surface and eventually go down deep with either a streamer or a nymph. I would also choose my equipment accordingly. For the most part this ten foot five weight rods suits me just fine for all my trout fishing needs. The floating lines and a mini sync tip line is something that I'll always carry. Lower water conditions will definitely dictate to your floating lines. Heavy water conditions after a rain or during heavy currents when you want to fish then down deep a little bit, the sync tip line works great. This is a style pattern which is called a parachute dry fly. It's a hairs here parachute, it's also something that works very well probably anywhere throughout the nation. On any free stone streams or seams to be cadis, this is a great match and you can see the little tuft on top which is calf's tail. It allows you to see this fly as it's bouncing through the current and at great distances.


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