Can you fly fish in a lake


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Can you fly fish in a lake? The simple answer is yes you certainly can and in this article, we will cover how you can approach fly fishing in a lake along with some useful tips from my own experiences.

What fly fishing rod to use for lake fishing?

When im freshwater fly fishing and depending on the size of the lake and fish i am targeting, i generally use my sage 6 or 8 weight fly rod.

In my case im usually targeting rainbow trout and brown trout and they are around 2-7lbs in weight.

This size fly rod is more than enough to handle such a size and weight of fish.

We wrote an article on the Best Fly Rods you can read it here

What fly reel should i use?

Ideally you want to match the fly rod weight with the fly reel weight and applicable weighted forward fly line.

For example i tend to match the fly rod weight say its an 8 weight, ill match it with an 8 weight fly reel and either 8 weight fly line or go one up on the fly line to be 9 weight.

I sometimes go one up on the fly line as its slightly heavier and allows me to get a bit more distance when casting.

We wrote an article on the Best Fly Fishing Reels, you can read it here

What other fly fishing gear do i need?

You should have :


1. A spare spool for your fly reel in case you need to change up the fly lines

2. A fly fishing net

3. Fluorocarbon fishing leader or tippet

4. A box of flies to use such as nymphs

5. A pair of pliers to remove the hook from the mouth of the fish

6. A fly fishing vest

7. A hat to protect your head and face from the sun

8. A good pair of sunglasses

9. Appropriate clothing (weather depending) such as a waterproof rain coat, possibly waders if you intend to go inside the lake, or alternatively a good pair of walking style boots or shoes. Waterproof pants or shorts (weather pending).

Food , water and for me a nice flask of English breakfast tea 🙂 !

In Summary

Its good to be prepared before you set off to fly fish any lakes and hopefully the above information we have provided helped you to understand a little about what to prepare prior and that you can fly fish in a lake. Thank you for reading and tight lines!


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