4 must-know tips for fly-fishing in lakes, reservoirs & ponds


A full-sinking line can even get your fly in front of lake trout


A standard floating fly line is fine when the fish are shallow. To get your fly waist deep, you can use weighted patterns or put splitshot on your leader. If the water is deeper than six feet, however, a sinking line will get your fly in front of a lot more fish. Add a longish cast and a heavily weighted fly, and you can handily fish as deep as 12 to 15 feet. Fishing this way is noticeably slower than using conventional gear, but if you pick your spots well, it’s still effective. Plus, battling large fish down deep on fly gear is an exciting challenge.