What Is the Best Time of Year for Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is a popular pastime that can be enjoyed no matter the season. But while it’s possible to fly fish all year long, some times of the year are better than others. To help you decide when to go fly fishing, here is an overview of the best time of year for fly fishing.

Springtime Fishing

The spring season is considered by many to be the best time of year for fly fishing. The water temperature starts to rise and fish become more active.

In addition, as the days get longer and warmer, fish start to move around more in search of food, making them easier to locate. During this time of year, trout tend to feed on insects such as mayflies and caddisflies, making it a great opportunity for dry-fly fishing.

Summertime Fishing

The summer months are also a great time for fly fishing. As the weather warms up further, so does the water temperature and this encourages fish to move around even more in search of food.

This makes them easier to locate and can result in some excellent catches. During this period, larger fish tend to be more active during the morning and evening hours when it’s cooler outside.

Fall Fishing

As the days get shorter and temperatures start to drop again in fall, fish become less active but they still need food and can be found feeding on insects such as mayflies and caddisflies. This makes it an ideal time for dry-fly fishing as well as wet-fly fishing. Fall is also a great time for catch-and-release fishing.


Each season has its own unique advantages when it comes to fly fishing so there’s no one definitive answer as to what is the best time of year for it. However springtime offers warmer water temperatures which encourage more active feeding from trout which makes it ideal for dry-fly fishing while summer months offer longer days with cooler mornings and evenings providing a great opportunity for larger catches.

Fall is also an excellent season with plenty of insect activity making it ideal for both dry-fly and wet-fly techniques. Ultimately each season offers something unique so why not take advantage of all four?

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Michael Allen