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Tackling Still Water Fly Fishing

Most anglers prefer to fly fish in moving waters such as streams and rivers. The current drives their flies and the trout tend to inhabit shallower depths. But, many anglers prefer the challenge of still water fly fishing. Moving water tends to be predictable. Trout usually face upstream to catch the food that floats downstream to them. Plus, when fly fishing in streams and rivers, you can easily see obstructions such as boulders and plunge pools.

You don't have the benefit of seeing these things when you're fly fishing in a lake. But, in time, you'll notice that lakes also have a structure (though fly fishing in them calls for a slightly different skill set). In this article, we'll give you a quick overview of still water angling including some important factors to consider, the significance of shoals and boat versus bank fishing.

Factors To Consider

Your success in still water fly fishing depends largely upon the anatomy of the lake in which you're angling. The size, depth and elevation of the water each plays a role in the trout population and growth rate. Most experienced anglers suggest that novices should focus on one part of a given lake. For example, they should locate a point where a stream feeds into the lake because trout are likely to be more plentiful there. Also, you should try fishing in areas that receive a lot of sunlight. The sun encourages plant growth which creates more oxygen in the water. Trout tend to congregate in oxygenated waters.

Fishing The Shoals

Shoals are one of the most productive areas in lakes. They're shallow and drop off into the lake. They typically have plenty of plant life underwater. That's critical for 2 reasons. First, if the shoal receives sunlight, the waters will be oxygenated, attracting more trout. Second, the vegetation in the shoals draws bugs and insects. This means the trout are more likely to feed in this area. Keep in mind that due to the shallow waters, shoals can warm considerably during the summer months, keeping trout away. But, when the area cools, trout come to feast.

Boat Vs. Bank Fishing

A key element in still water fly fishing is that you need to go where the trout are feeding. Regardless of whether you're angling on the bank or in the lake's depths, still water angling requires mobility. If you're bank fishing, try to travel light. You'll be moving around in search of trout. The less weight you're carrying, the better. Boat fishing uses a different skill set. It's most effective when done with a partner. A common approach to boat fishing is for 1 partner to fish the surface of the lake while the other partner fishes in the depths. Slowly, they meet in the middle. This is the quickest way to discover whether trout are nearby.

Enjoying Still Water Fly Fishing

As mentioned, anglers usually prefer moving waters. But, for some, the lure of still water fly fishing is unparalleled. The tranquility of the lake and the pursuit of trout draw some anglers much like their flies draw the trout. But, fishing in lakes involves understanding the anatomy of the lake, including identifying the shoals that are heavily-populated. Whether you prefer to fly fish on the bank of the lake or in its murky depths, still water fly fishing can be a rewarding experience.