A big rainbow trout caught by Jordan on dry fly

A barrel of a rainbow

Jordan and dad Joe had some fly fishing experience in New Zealand over a year ago, so we spent a little time off the water refining the cast and tweaking line control techniques.

Jordan nailed this prime barrel of a rainbow trout with just a small movement of a dry fly not two rod lengths from the boat.

Why is it important to move a dry fly? Old text books say that we shouldn’t. This is true when it comes to drag, which doesn’t look natural. However if you can mimic the action of a natural trout food with the right combination of movement and stopping the fly,  you will capture the trout’s attention and awaken their basic predatory instincts. They don’t just see it, they can feel it from a few feet away.

Jordan with a rainbow trout









Photo credit: Gary France