5 Things To Consider When Choosing Best Fly Line for Trout

By Alycia Downs

Oct 12, 2020

5 things to consider when choosing the best fly line for trout. The right line could be the difference between getting a bite or getting snubbed.

There are hundreds of trout species making this family of fish both popular and celebrated around the world. Anglers of all ages, skill levels, and fishing styles enjoy pursuing trout which can range extensively in size, geographic location, and other characteristics.

As you prepare for a great day on the water, we’ve got you covered on trout fishing basics including how to choose the best fly line for trout. For fly fishermen, this is an area you don’t want to skimp on. Trout fly fishing lines mean everything for an effective presentation, affecting your casting distance and technique. The right line could be the difference between getting a bite or getting snubbed.

As you consider the best fly line for trout, here are a few things to consider.

  • Rod and reel specifications. When choosing trout fly fishing lines, a simple approach is to match the line weight to the weight of the reel to ensure the best balance and accuracy.
  • The size of the fly and the size of the fish. Once you’ve paired the line weight to your rod and reel, consider adjusting further based on both of these variables.
  • The type of fly you’re using. Fly type will help determine whether you should opt for a floating or sinking line. Floating line, considered by many as the overall best fly line for trout, is preferred when throwing dry flies, but it can also be used with some wet flies. Streamers work best with sinking line.
  • Performance needs. Casting a far distance? Need a stealthy, unintrusive presentation to lure spooky fish? The taper of the fly line can help you here and there are five taper design categories to choose from. Read more about those here.
  • Additional features. With proper planning, features such as line color, length and even temperature control can help enhance your fishing experience and success.

Happy trout fly fishing!

Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs is a freelance content creator and avid sportsman who contributes to numerous publications promoting tourism, fishing, and outdoors. Alycia is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is actively involved with conservation and fishing non-profit organizations. Visit her personal blog at tideandtale.com or on Instagram @tideandtale.