If you want to be able to catch trout when baits and lures don’t do the job, then you will need to expand your repertoire. The best way to to do this is to start with the fly and bubble technique, or as I like to call it, the spinning fly. In this article I will give you a five step process on how to rig and start fishing this very versatile technique.
1. Make sure your spinning gear is appropriate.
While you can pretty much cast a fly with almost any spinning rod you have (as long as you have the right spinning fly tackle), you’ll have more fun if your spinning gear is appropriate for the type of fish you are going after. This means that if you’re targeting trout, you’ll want a medium to ultralight spinning outfit, and be sure that the reel and rod are balanced to each other.
2. Collect your special spinning fly tackle.
You probably already have a spinning rod and reel. If its balanced and appropriate for the type of fish you hope to catch, then you’ll only need to collect a few key pieces of tackle that will allow you to build your rig. Luckily, these are inexpensive pieces of tackle. You will need a casting bubble, a good quality swivel and length of leader in addition to a few flies. Once you have this equipment, you’ll be ready to rig up.
3. Build your spinning fly rig.
It will probably be easier to build your rig on the water, but its always a good idea to practice at home if you can. Put out your equipment and lets start putting together this rig. The first thing you want to do is thread the line coming off your spool through the casting bubble. Then, tie a swivel underneath the bubble. You’re almost done. Now, tie your length of leader to the swivel and finish it off by tying a fly to the end of your leader. That’s it. The spinning fly is a simple rig to tie, if you know what you’re doing.
4. Cast your spinning fly rig.
Learning to cast the spinning fly can be a little tricky. You are welcome to experiment, but be very careful, because this type of rig has a tendency to come back to you if its not cast correctly. I prefer the side arm cast, or some variation of that. If you mess this up, you could quickly find yourself on the end of your carefully constructed rig.
5. Retrieve your spinning fly rig.
The magic, of course is not in the building of this rig, but in the retrieval patterns that your use. If you know how to retrieve this right, you’ll discover that you can get better action than lure or bait fisherman on the same water. The kind of retrieve you use depends on the fly and the water you’re fishing. If you are throwing dry flies, I would advise you do everything you can to make the fly move as naturally through the water as possible.
The spinning fly technique is one of those fishing techniques that seems simple at first glance, but requires more in-depth study to master and truly achieve its highest potential.