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For all fly fishing techniques it is more enjoyable and successful to get into the water – either by wading or in a boat or as close to the water as you can get.
Fishing Ponds & Lakes
Consider wading the shallows of a lake to work on your fly fishing skills while targeting sunfish, bass or northern pike. Fishing these species is usually best in the early summer; at lower light levels such as in the early morning and late evening; when it is cloudy; or before, after or during a light rain.
Fishing Trout Lakes
Trout are available in some lakes as well. The best time of year is usually when the water is cooler, in spring or fall when the trout are closer to shore in shallow water.
Fishing Streams & Rivers
Once your skills have increased you may consider trying out these locations for trout and/or smallmouth bass. To approach fish you'll want to cast upstream, this way you can sneak up on the fish which will be facing upstream. If you see trout rising to eat insects then cast a dry fly a few feet upstream of where the fish broke the water. Allow the fly to drift over the area where the fish was feeding. If no trout are rising, be patient and take five or 10 minutes to simply watch the water for rising fish. If during that time you see a fish rise, try and guess what it was eating and cast a fly mimicking that food. If after 10 minutes or so no fish have come up then they are probably feeding underwater. Cast a nymph upstream and let it drift naturally back toward you. When fishing nymphs, a person may have to change the fly several times until they find the pattern of nymph the fish are interested in eating.