In reviewing some of the other articles that have been written on trout fishing flies, trout fishing presentation and overall trout fishing information, I’ve noticed that most authors are fairly superficial when talking about flies and other presentation techniques. I could be making a sweeping generalization, but good information is hard to find.
Using tandem fly presentations to better your chances of landing trophy trout
One technique that is rarely discussed outside of fly fishing forums, fly tying sites and other niche information sources is the idea of tandem fly presentation. There are rules and regulations that are specific to each state, but the idea is to have a fly that floats on the surface of the water, usually an adult representation, with a juvenile or nymph representation trailing behind, attached by a specific length of tippet.
Improve your chances of catching fish by doubling your trout fly arsenal
There are a few benefits to this type of technique. First, your putting more ammo in the water, giving you a better chance to attract fish. Second, you’re giving a couple of options to the fish in the water, if the fish isn’t attracted to the sub-surface food source, they have top water food just 18″ to 24″ inches above the sub-surface trout fly. Finally, depending on the rigging you’re putting in the water, using a top water imitation helps you as a fisherman follow your line, make sure it’s tight, floating properly and allows you to see things clearly as fish are about to strike, or lightly strike your flies.
Here are a few examples:
Top Fly: Caddis Trailing Fly: Pupae
Top Fly: Caddis papae
Trailing Fly: Papae
Trailing: Sinking Ant
Trailing: Sinking Ant
Improve your trout fishing chances
Point is, trying a combination like the ones above gives you a better chance in catching fish, especially if nothing else seems to be getting the trout to rise. Some fisherman, especially newbies are sometimes intimidated by tandem combinations because of the difficultly in tying all those knots and keeping track of both flies when casting.
Remember practice makes perfect
More often than not, beginner fisherman are fighting the flies, the rod as well as the fish in the water. But, all it takes is a bit of practice in the casting department and the ability to change up the timing of your back cast to get both trout flies in the water successfully.
Just like with any other past time, it takes a bit of practice, effort and time to master. But, in no time, you could be catching trophy sized trout.