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Some anglers prefer to fish in these conditions because the gusts can create visual interest in the water and make it more challenging to catch a fish. More than20 mphwind is considered too much for fishing,and anything over 30 mph is too dangerous to be on the water.

How windy is too windy for fly fishing?

How windy is too windy for fly fishing? If you’re a beginner, you may find it least frustrating to stay at home when the wind goes over about 10mph. I can remember when I started that I felt it was pointless going out whenever there was more than a strong breeze because it made casting so difficult.

How do I fish in windy conditions?

If you can, you want to try fishing in the area where the waves are being blown, since this is where the food is being carried. This will either mean fishing into the teeth of the wind – which is hard work – or fishing across the wind and letting your flies drift toward the shore. How can I reduce tangles when fly fishing in windy conditions?

What’s the best line weight for fly fishing in the wind?

It’s quite common for fly fishers to either step up a line weight, for example using a #7 line on a #6 rod, when conditions are really windy. Others might just use a bigger outfit, such as an #8 or even a #9 or #10! The heavy line will give you more mass to punch through the wind, which can compensate a little.

Why do you turn away from the wind when fishing?

Instead of facing the water with the wind on your wrong shoulder, which carries the risk of the fly crashing into your body, you turn around and face away from the water. This puts the wind on your right shoulder and blows the flies away from you, making it much safer.

What is dry fly fishing?

If there’s one particular aspect of our sport that’s poorly suited for breezy conditions, it’s dry fly fishing. Dry flies are difficult to cast with pinpoint accuracy in the wind, and they’re harder to see in the surface chop on a breezy day. It’s also tough to get a good drift when gusts play havoc with your aerial and on-the-water mends. At the same time, trout tend to ignore dry flies when the wind is up. There are exceptions, of course — the hopper fishing is usually better when terrestrials are getting blown into the water — but dry fly fishing in the wind is a poor choice more often than not.

What is swinging fly?

Swinging flies is a great way to defeat the wind, as is learning how to roll cast well. As you say soft hackles and tranditional wet flies do not enjoy the popularity they once did, but their use seems to be on the rise and I always bring fish to the net when I employ them (which is pretty much all the time).

How fast can a wind take a fish?

The bigger issue for most of us is that it’s just not much fun to fly fish in a stiff breeze. A steady 10 mph wind can take the shine off an otherwise stellar day. Add an extra five to ten miles per hour and most folks struggle with errant casts and seriously diminished accuracy.

What to look for when there is a wind coming from a particular direction?

Second, if there’s a prevailing wind coming from a particular direction, you can look for areas that offer extra protection. For example, the lee side of an island, or a stretch of river with lots of trees on the windward bank, can make the difference between a decent day on the water and a complete waste of your time.

Do soft hackles work on breezy days?

While soft hackles and other wet flies aren’t nearly as popular as they once were, keep in mind that they work reasonably well on breezy days. Your casts will be short, your casting accuracy with soft hackles isn’t absolutely paramount, and since you tend to feel, rather than see, the strike, it doesn’t matter if there’s a ripple on the surface.

Can you cast for bonefish in saltwater?

It probably won’t make much difference if you’re fishing for bonefish, tarpon, bass or pike — with most still water or saltwater species, you’re making a basic straight-line cast — but trout anglers enjoy a wider variety of options, some of which are more suited to windy days than others.

Is fly fishing fun?

Fly fishing is supposed to be fun. When it’s so damn windy that your angling becomes an exercise in masochism, then it’s time to consider more pleasant alternatives. Over the years, there have been a fair number of ‘how-to’ stories dedicated to the subject of fly fishing in the wind.


I think it is more dependent on the direction in relation to which direction you are casting. For example, a 20 mph wind quartering against you is tough, but 20 mph wind at your back, different story. Also depends on your line, shooting head, long belly, sinking or floater, etc…


thanks, I’m brand new to fly fishing and got the basics down and can get a good cast off with minimal wind. I took the fly rod to the beach the other day with 13 mph winds gusting up to 21, and me being new, it was impossible for me to cast.


When you cast the fly forward and the it lands behind you….that’s too much wind for sure.

Will K

I’ve done this on big boddies in sweet water and will likely do it this year in the surf (just been in harbors and backwaters so far for salt water)… But if the wind is strong into your casting arm (casting with rod in right hand wind from right) and your worried about getting nailed as the fly passes you… I some times cast backwards.


If the wind is in your face, but ushing fish and bait too, then a couple feet is ok.

Why is windy weather often good for fly fishing?

A bit of wind can really put stillwater trout on the feed. The chop on the water blows in terrestrial food (like flies, beetles and daddy long legs) and stirs up aquatic invertebrates and drives it all towards the shore. This means there’s often lots of food in a confined area, so the trout move in and feed hard.

How far do I need to cast?

You’d be amazed at how close in the trout will come to feed when it’s windy. On many stillwaters, you could arguably catch fish without even casting and they could easily be within a rod length of the bank! On some trips, I’ve caught several fish just by lowering my flies into the choppy water by the reeds on the windy shores of our favourite lakes, without even needing to cast!

Where should I stand when it’s windy?

You want the wind to blow your fly line away from your body when casting, otherwise it could come crashing into your body, head or face and hook you if hit by the wind.

How can I reduce tangles when fly fishing in windy conditions?

This is easier than you might think. You simply use a shorter, heavier leader and tippet than usual. A long, light leader made of fine line will be more likely to tangle than something shorter and sturdier.

Should I use a heavier fly line?

It’s quite common for fly fishers to either step up a line weight, for example using a #7 line on a #6 rod, when conditions are really windy. Others might just use a bigger outfit, such as an #8 or even a #9 or #10! The heavy line will give you more mass to punch through the wind, which can compensate a little.

What flies work well during windy weather?

Most flies work well. I tend to fish lures on intermediate lines during windy weather, but if it is exceptionally windy and casting is very challenging then you could also try "straightlining" nymphs or buzzers or fishing something under a bung or strike indicator.

What fly casting techniques work best in windy weather?

There are quite a few different fly casting techniques for windy conditions. The safest and easiest of all is a simple roll cast. This isn’t going to get your flies out that far, but it’s often all you’ll need to reach the fish and it’s an easy cast to pull off when you have the benefit of a tailwind.