Trout fishing is a very pleasurable and relaxing activity. In this article I aim to demonstrate some trout fishing tips you can use to increase your catch rate and become a more successful fisherman.

Firstly an immediate change you can make is to pause for a few seconds before pulling your fly out the water before you recast. On many occasions I have had a trout swoop in and grab my fly right in front of me! Presumably the trout has been following your fly back to the bank/boat and has waited till the last moment to strike.

Furthermore applying ‘sinkant’ to your line is another tip I would highly recommend. This applies especially when you are dry fly fishing since otherwise your line will sit on the water making it highly visible.

When retrieving your fly you must make sure that you are varying the speed of your retrieve. This increases the ‘life-likeness’ of your fly. Some trout will react aggressively to a fly that is being pulled through the water very fast. Sometimes short pulls can do the trick.

Alternatively fishing close to the bank can be successful. Trout often swim close to the bank if there are reeds or other plants since these will provide shelter for small fish. Crouching low will help when you are fishing this method since trout have very good eyesight, and the possibility of spooking your target fish is increased since the fish may be close to the bank.

If you are fishing a place where the fish are especially nervous or hard to catch increasing the length of your leader is a good way of presenting your fly in most natural way possible. I would recommend a leader length of at least 9 ft.

If you apply these trout fishing tips to your fishing, your fly will be presented in a more natural and inviting way and you will hopefully catch more fish. Tight lines! 

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