When fishing for lake trout, it’s essential to know what flies to use. Generally, you can use a single fly during warmer months, and several variations of it during cooler months. For example, you can tie on a small Diawl Bach to imitate a nymph, or tie on a large BWO and retrieve it with a slow figure of eight. Another popular fly pattern is a Klinkhamer, which imitates an emerging insect breaking the surface tension. This fly pattern is particularly effective during the spring and summer months.
Another solid lake fly is the Copper John. This pattern is very effective when trout are suspended deep in the water. Copper John #4 and #16 are good choices for this pattern. Copper Johns imitate hoppers, and are buoyant. Copper Johns are particularly effective when fishing for lake trout.
Streamers are another great choice for targeting lake trout. These flies have a large profile and are easy for trout to chase. Choose a size between six to 10 inches. Chironomids are another major food source for lake trout during the summer, and these insects are all over the open water, so you should have a variety of chironomids on your fly box.
If you are not getting bites while fly fishing, try changing locations, or switching flies. If you still aren’t getting bites, try casting again. Switching locations and changing your fly can help increase your chances of hooking a lake trout. It’s also important to pay attention to the wind direction. You want to position yourself so that the current flows in your favor and your fly is at the correct angle.