Trout Rigs & Methods: All You Need to Know to Construct Rigs That Work for All Types of Trout Flies & the Most Effective Fishing Methods for Catching More & Larger Trout


  • Gearing up for all types of trout fishing on creeks, rivers, tailwaters, and lakes
  • Casting, selecting a fly, and reading the water and finding trout

Dave Hughes's clear and simple instruction and explanation describes 18 trout rigs and 81 methods to fish them. In moving water: rigs and methods for dry flies and emergers, nymphs, wet flies, streamers, and dry flies and droppers. In stillwater: dry flies and sunk flies.Fly fishers learn the ...

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  • Gearing up for all types of trout fishing on creeks, rivers, tailwaters, and lakes
  • Casting, selecting a fly, and reading the water and finding trout

Dave Hughes's clear and simple instruction and explanation describes 18 trout rigs and 81 methods to fish them. In moving water: rigs and methods for dry flies and emergers, nymphs, wet flies, streamers, and dry flies and droppers. In stillwater: dry flies and sunk flies.Fly fishers learn the specifics of the rig--types of fly line, lengths and tapers of leader and tippet, the flies, and split shot, putty weight, strike indicators, droppers, point flies, and indicators--and the full array of methods to present the rig to the trout. Hughes's lucid text is teamed with hundreds of instructive illustrations, including those showing how the trout views the fly. The more rigs you learn to construct and the more methods you learn to apply, the more situations you'll solve, and the more trout you'll catch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811733540
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 1/17/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 555,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Hughes is a highly respected fly-fishing writer with over two dozen books in print, including Trout from Small Streams: 2nd Edition, Handbook of Hatches: 2nd Edition, and Essential Trout Flies. He is a columnist for Fly Rod & Reel and Flyfishing & Tying Journal and travels to speak at fly-fishing clubs and conclaves throughout the country. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Dave Hall is a nature and fly-fishing illustrator in Glide, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
Getting Ready     1
Gearing Up     3
Creeks and small streams
Average trout streams
Trout rivers
Freestone creeks, streams, and rivers
Spring creeks
Casting and Control     31
Basic fly cast
Roll cast
Sidearm cast
Off-shoulder cast
Off-handed cast
Right and left curve casts
Oval or Belgian cast
Line control on the water
Setting the hook
Fly Selection     61
Searching-fly box
Dry-fly box
Emerger box
Nymph box
Wet fly and streamer box
Moving Water     69
Reading Water, Finding Trout     71
Spotting fish
Reading likely lies
Rigs and Methods for Dry Flies and Emergers     77
Rig: Standard dry fly
Methods: Standard upstream
Covering the water
Boulder lies
Bank water
Current seams
Riffle corners
Fishing an eddy
Small-stream pool
Pocket water
Cross-stream reach cast
Cross-stream wiggle cast
Downstream wiggle cast
Parachute cast or drop and draw
Upstream draw
Pile cast
The sudden inch
Pop on nose or sound cast
Small dry fly or emerger with indicator
Dry fly from moving boat
Rigs and Methods for Nymphs in Moving Water     123
Rig: Unencumbered nymph
Methods: Standard nymph swing
Upstream to feeding fish
Tuck cast
Lift and drop
Sawyer induced take
Plop cast
Countdown and slow retrieve
Rig: Fothergill outrigger
Rig: Nymph and indicator without weight
Methods: Casting to feeding trout
Upstream along banks and to current seams
Upstream in creeks and small streams
Upstream in stairstepped benches
Nymphing visible, bottom-holding trout
Rig: Standard nymph, indicator, and split shot
Methods: Borger shotgun
Covering boulder lies
Covering a ledge or trench
High-sticking pocket water
Nymphing trout winking along the bottom
Nymphing a riffle corner
Rig: Hinged nymph and indicator
Methods: Nymphing the bottom zone
Nymphing suspended trout
Nymphing from a moving boat
Rig: Two indicators, Pit River style
Method: High-sticking short pockets and runs
Rig: Wet-tip/belly/head or full-sink line
Methods: Swinging nymphs deep
Countdown and handtwist in deep pools
Strip tease
Brooks method
Rigs and Methods for Wet Flies in Moving Water     197
Rig: Floating line and standard leader
Methods: Traditional across-and-down swing
Bergman natural drift (greased line)
Leisenring lift
Hidy subsurface swing
Upstream soft-hackle to small pools
Soft-hackling eddies
Rig: Wet-tip/belly/head or full-sink line
Methods: Mended middepths swing
Up-and-across stream cast; bottom swing
Rigs and Methods for Streamers in Moving Water     221
Rig: Floating, wet-tip/belly/head, and full-sink lines
Methods: Standard and staccato streamer swing
Upstream streamer
High-sticking plunge pools and pockets
Hitting the banks
Fishing a streamer from a boat
Rig: Shooting head system
Methods: Bouncing bottom
Counting down in pools
Dry Fly and Dropper     243
Rig: Dry fly and dropper
Methods: Exploring moving water
Fishing to working, feeding fish
Lakes and Ponds     253
Tackle for stillwaters     255
Rods and reels
Boats, float tubes, and pontoon boats
Fly box
Reading Stillwaters     261
Visible fish
Likely lies
Annual trout movements
Daily trout movements
Finding fish
Algal blooms
Rigs and Methods for Dry Flies on Stillwaters     267
Rig: Floating line and standard stillwater leader
Methods: Covering water
Dry and/or emerger to rises
Skittered dry fly
Intercepting bank feeders
Rigs and Methods for Sunk Flies on Stillwaters     281
Rig: Floating line and standard Stillwater leader
Methods: Casting to rising or cruising trout
Casting and stripping to the shoreline and structure
Cast and countdown
Nymphing bank cruisers
Rig: Floating line and strike indicator
Methods: Suspended nymph
Wind/current drifting
Rig: Clear intermediate or wet-tip line
Methods: Casting and shallow retrieve
Countdown and deep retrieve
Trolling to explore relative shallows
Rig: Full-sink or shooting head lines
Methods: Casting from shore
Casting from a boat
Index     316
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