Exploring Fly Fishing Methods

Jess KContributor IIIApril 29, 2010

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 13: Dallas Seymour kayaks during the one day event during the Speight's Coast to Coast on February 13, 2010 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

Wet Fly Fishing  - Wet fly fishing is a technique that uses weights to sink the fly to the bottom of a body of water. Considering that trout are generally bottom feeding fish, especially when there no bugs on the surface, wet fly fishing can often prove to be a smart option.

Dry Fly Fishing  - Other times, it may be best just to use a standard dry fly fishing style. In dry fly fishing, the line is used to float insects on the surface of the water.

If you decide to try this method, always bring a few extra flies with you. Once a fish takes the bait, the fly becomes wet and no longer ideal for floating. If you have some extras, you can use those while the wet fly dries off.

It's much easier to feel a bite using this technique and it can be a real thrill when a fish that typically feeds from the bottom jumps out to strike.

Kayak Fly Fishing - Notably different from the usual fly fishing techniques as it is typically done from a seated position, kayak fly fishing has grown more and more popular in recent years.

It might sound a little bit uncomfortable at first, but it's actually relatively simple. However, you'll want avoid casting too forcefully in order to to keep the boat steady. This is doubly important as cold waters can be deadly as they begin to get close to freezing. You should always take the water temperature into consideration when planning a kayak fishing trip. Be prepared for the possibility of taking a spill. Staying too long in very cold waters could lead to a case of hypothermia that, in many cases, could prove deadly.

You'll also want to be sure to check a general weather report before undertaking a kayak fishing trip. Any kind of stormy weather on the horizon can cause waves, wind, and lightning that can ruin things altogether similar to deep sea fishing. Even a regular rainstorm can put a damper on things.

In addition, to be safe, you'll want to be sure that you always wear your vest and bring a whistle, mobile phone, and flares. In an emergency, these tools can be the difference between life and death. Finally, it's always a good idea to bring along a friend on a kayak fly fishing trip as your best safety measure. You can seriously decrease your risk factor by having another helping hand in case things go south.