By Henrik Larsson, Guideline HQ Sweden
The season for searun brown trout is in full swing at the moment, and as always the discussions run high on the subject; which are the most important flies? There are as many answers as there are anglers out there, but even if we at Guideline sell many nice saltwater and coastal flies my personal belief run on more things than the fly pattern. Things like fishing area, tide & moon phase, time of day, wind direction, depth and retrieve I find more important than the actual fly. But in the end the fly is what the trout must commit to, so it has to be in the right ballpark when it comes to how it looks and behave.
But instead of having hundreds of different patterns in my box, I have a set of general main types to cover the six most important food source in the coastal regions of Scandinavia. And when we discuss fly patterns there is one thing that in a way is the most important factor; you need to believe in the fly at the end of the leader. If you have the fait and fish it well, register every bump, alter your retrieve speed, cover the water and so on, you will succeed. And the beauty of the six general groups is that you can put your own personal favorite in each category.