Three Key Tips for Choosing a Fly Pattern

Choosing a fly pattern can seem like an art form to beginner fishermen, especially when you are casting in a new area. Every good fly fisherman knows what flies work best in their local fishing spot, but every lake and pond is home to different bugs and insects that you will want to mimic with your fly pattern.

If you are planning a trip fly fishing trip to Lawrence Bay Lodge this season, the following words of advice will help you to nab a Northern Pike.

Observe Your Surroundings

Before you even look at the flies in your tackle box, take a few moments to observe your surroundings. Pay close attention to the weather, the water and the sight of insects. Can you see any fish in the water? Are there any insects flying near the top? The answers to these questions and others like them will help you to determine what style fly may work best.

Match the Dominant Species

Now that you have determined the type of fly (dry fly, nymph or streamer) that is best situated to your surroundings, it is time to base your specific fly choice on the insect species in the area. Pay attention to the insect specimens nearby, focusing on their size, form and color.

When it comes to choosing a nymph style fly, try dragging up a couple rocks from the bottom of the water to check out what is clinging to them.

Make Adjustments

Just because you decide on a fly pattern, doesn’t mean that it is a permanent decision! If you aren’t having any luck getting the pike to bite, make some small adjustments to your fly choice and try again.

For fly fisherman trying their luck on Reindeer Lake, our experienced fly fishing guides will be happy to assist you in choosing the best fly patterns for the weather! We recommend bringing and eight to ten weight fly rod and a good reel. The Barry Reynolds Pike Fly and the McMurderer Fly are two popular choices for catching Northern Pike.

To learn more about our fly fishing experience and book your Lawrence Bay Lodge stay, please give us a call at 701-262-4560!