Fishing Trout Tips

Trout Tips: How the fly looks to fish

Remember, it’s about how flies look to the fish. Photo by Chris Hunt.

Some flies are meant to catch fish, and some flies are meant to catch anglers. I am always surprised by how some of the patterns I think are sure-fire winners because they look so snazzy turn out to be duds. And sometimes, the plainest, ugliest fly I tied myself turns out to be the be belle of the ball.

And sometimes, the rattier a fly is, after it gets chewed on a few times, the better it works.

Remember this: how a fly looks to a fish from the water is a thousand times more important than how a fly looks to you as you hold it in your hand.

— Kirk Deeter

By Chris Hunt.