want to fly fish

I would like to get into flyfishing. I have two old poles and an old reel. I don't know how many people here fish lakes, but could someone tell me how to? I was on the washingtonlakes forum and got advice to use a big bunny leech with sinking weight forward line. I would be fishing a stocked lake for brookies and bows. Would this setup work?
Thanks Joe
What lake are you planning to fish and where is it , diferrent
techniques apply to different lakes.A couple good all around techniqes are trolling black or olive wooly buggers at different
depths or casting the bugger and letting it sink count up to 5
seconds then make 6 inch strips 4 or 5 time than pause a
second or two.Make sure to retrieve the fly all of the way to your boat or tube sometimes the trout will follow your fly quite a ways.Do that a few times than try letting it sink for
10 seconds and repeat like before , keep trying different depths
until you catch a fish or two than focus on that depth, but if
the fish stop bitting try a different retrieve or a different depth or both.Chironomid or ( midge ) fishing same thing , use a leader
a little longer than the depth your planning to fish in case you change flies or want to fish deeper.Use a floating fly line and
slip a corkie or any strike indicator Up the leader and secure
it to the desired depth on your leader then tie your chironomid
on to the end of your leader , and if the lake is not flyfishing
only regulations then put a small split shot lead about a foot
and a half or two feet above the chironomid.Then cast the whole thing out an let it sit and keep a tight line so when your indicator goes under you can set the hook.Or you can fish a chironomid on a sinking line and cast it out and use the slowest retrieve you can put up with.Always carry some damsal
patterns in the spring and summer and dry flies incase there is a hatch.The most important thing is get out as much as you can and practice fishing every chance you get you learn something new every time you go fishing and go to your local fly shop
and ask questions there are no bad questions just don't ask where the powerbait is you might get a few mean looks.
If you want to learn to fly fish a good way to do it is to take a class. I myself took one a Green Lake a couple years ago to learn the basics of casting. If you are looking for tips for a good price try some of the sportsmans shows. This weekend there is one going on at the Puyallup fair grounds. The cost is $8 but AM PM has coupons for $3 off that. I went last year and got to talk to quite a few other more experinced flyfishers and got lots of good advice. The presentations on reading water and fly presentation were also very good. After all of the advice just get out as much as you can and practice. Experince is the best teacher. One other note lakes are also good on a fly to catch bass and other pan fish. I love going out with guys that are bait casters and catching as many on a fly as they are with jigs. Note a leech patern works well on pan fish when fished on a sink tip line and poppers and a floating line when the bass or perch are working the surface. Fishing for pan fish is a great way to practice your skills. :WINK
I second the panfish. thats how I learned to flyfish, lots of action, anywet fly works, drys too but there usually real small, mosquito is killer. I was fairly young about 7 when I started going fishing by myself, and realized that you can only get better not worse, now at 23 can do it pretty well. good luck
T.M, are you stalking me? :THUMBSUP
The advise you guys gave me was good, but I thought that maybe somebody here would give me some different advise. Nobody on W.L. mentioned panfish.
Thanks everybody here for your advise. There's a farm pond that I have access to with panfish in it that I have fished with a spinner. I have some fly poppers. They're kinda big, so I don't know if they'd work for panfish. I have basically every color but white (I lost it in a tree last weekend), would they work?
Yellow, green, and black poppers usualy work well, but its usually the disturbance you create on the water that attracts them, so color isn't always important. If you are fishing this time of year though, you will probably want to go deep, as the fish will probably be holding near the bottom. I would use small wooley buggers or leach patterns. Retrieve them slowly. Good Luck,
want to fly fish GET SOME BOOKS

i got help from my dad for flyfishing but it wasnt much ... hehehehe sorry dad .... i got a book that was thick and it was all about flyfishing i dont remember the name of it but i know one that my freind has .. its " Fly-fishing for dumbies" i really taught myself a lot too with the help of the book and now i can cast over 60 feet hope you learn :THUMBSUP


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Hey fishboy if I remember from your other post you were talking about fishing Battle Ground Lake. The trout there seem to like olive woolly buggers better than just about anything else in my experience there. I fish BG Lake often, since it's only a few miles from my house. If you want to try fly fishing some time let me know, I have an extra rod you could use.