Lure-fishing is practised on lakes and big reservoirs and requires much stronger tackle since the conditions encountered on a reservoir are sometimes rough. On a large, open expanse ofwater the wind can whip the waves up to resemble an inland sea. The rod has to be powerful enough to punch a fly line out into the wind. Anglers wading in the margins disturb the fish so that on well fished reservoirs long castingTrom the bank is occasionally a necessity. The rod should be in the range A.F.T.M.7 to A.F.T.M.9 with a line size to match. For lure-fishing the beginner should use a weight forward line and one which sinks to get the lure down to the fish. The nylon leader should also be a lot stronger than for ordinary fly fishing.
The actual lures are tied to long shank hooks and in the hand look quite pretty but unlike anything you find in the water. It is the movement through the water, given to lures by reeling in the line, which attracts the trout. The feathers and wool which form the lure are chosen for the colour patterns which, when moved underwater, resemble the colour features of a small fish. The line should be cast out into the reservoir and given plenty of time to sink. Keeping the rod tip pointing slightly clown towards the water, strip back the line to work the lure in towards you. Sometimes fish only react when the lure is stripped back at speed and at other times a very slow irregular retrieval will bring results. Do not be in a hurry to-lift the lure out of the water for recasting because trout will frequently follow a lure right to the edge before grabbing hold of it.