Spin or Fly?!?!   3 comments

Yesterday I hit the world-renowned Gordon Creek. I decided to take both my spinning rod (w/ a Panther Martin lure) and my fly rod along.

The idea was to use the spinning rod sparingly if the fly fishing was slow. So, the first five casts I made into Gordon Creek were with my spinner. I pulled out five trout, from eight to twelve inches long. Nice! “The fish are hungry today!” I thought to myself.

I took a short walk back to my car to put the spinning rod away, figuring the fly rod would land me enough fish to keep things interesting.

Off I went with fly rod and fly box in hand. I tied everything but the kitchen sink to the end of my tippet and in two hours had only one fish bump my fly. There were hoppers in the tall grass, so I tried a hopper. Scuds, Pink Squirrels, Wooley Buggers, Adams. Nuthin.

So, either I stink at presenting flies to fish, or spinners are much more irresistible to trout.

I had a discussion early this year with Nick Volk at On the Creek Fly Shop in Cross Plains, discussing spinning vs fly fishing for trout. I asked him “Nick, am I ever going to catch as many trout on flies as I can on spinners?”. He said, “You’ll catch more on flies.” He was adamant.

 I hope Nick is right. I want Nick to be right. Casting a fly rod is so much fun, and catching fish on a fly rod is so much fun too. Fly fishing has everything going for it. Except I can’t seem to catch many fish on flies.

Perhaps it’s time for a fly-fishing-for-trout hiatus. Spinners seem to be the ticket this time of year. The flies do seem to work well on the Bluegills, however…

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  1. They both have their applications in my oppinion. Fishing down low in the deeper water i opt for the spinners and jerk baits, i use the spinning rod when its “big fish water”. Fast runs that dump into the shallower pools i go with the fly rod. I would almost always rather have the fly rod in hand, personal prefrence.

  2. Think of a Fly Rod and Spinning Rods as tools. Whenever you need to use a certain tool use the correct application. There have been days where the opposite has been true for me (normally when a hatch is going on) I have had this conversation with many fisherman and to become a VERY good fly fisherman will take years. Using the spinning rod you will get more reaction strikes with the flash and vibration the lures put out. If the fish aren’t biting and you know the stream is loaded with fish I have a hard time sticking to just one type of rod. I have had this conversation with Nick a few times as well! HAHAHA great guy and very very good fisherman, but I always argue spin fishing will normally produce more.

    • Mike,
      Thanks for your thoughts. My experience matches yours. What I’m struggling with is that spin fishing feels like cheating, but I suppose that’s silly. It’s just a different game. It’s like fishing for bluegills vs walleye, or some other tenuous analogy.

      I guess I had hoped to be a “fly fisherman”. But I’d rather be a successful trout fisherman, you know? I’ll keep at it and do what I need to do to enjoy my outings.

      Here’s to catching beautiful fish!

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