Today on the Littoral Zone, Phil Rowley sits down with Colorado-based fly fisher guide and author Landon Mayer, and they will talk about his shoreline strategies and tactics for fly fishing lakes.

Phil and Landon discuss the challenges of accessing lakes and the rewards of mastering shore fishing techniques.

Tune in to discover the art of fly selection, understanding wind and weather patterns, and why sometimes, the biggest rewards lie just at the water’s edge.

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Fly Fishing Question of the Day: How Do North Winds Affect Trout Fishing?

Phil Rowley explains that while southwest winds typically indicate stable weather and good fishing conditions, north or east winds often signal a change in weather and temperature, leading to tough fishing.

Phil advises anglers to adapt their tactics by fishing deeper waters with slow-moving flies when facing challenging conditions caused by north winds.

Fishing is often tough in these conditions, so don’t expect miraculous results. But if you’re persistent, recognize the circumstances, and adapt, you should be able to land a fish or two.”

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Meet Landon Mayer

06:00 – Landon Mayer is a renowned fly fisher, guide, and author. He fell in love with fly fishing at a young age and started guiding right out of high school. He contributes regularly to magazines such as High Country Angler and Fly Fisherman Magazine.

Landon has published six books on topics ranging from trophy trout fishing to fly tying. His first book, published at age 25, focused on trophy trout fishing.

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Other titles include “Sight Fishing for Trout,” “Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing,” and “101 Trout Tips.” One of his recent favorites is “Guide Flies,” which explores the art of fly design and sharing knowledge through fly patterns.

Stillwater Fishing from Shore

9:00- Many fly anglers face the challenge of accessing still waters without a watercraft. The two approaches to stillwater fishing according to Landon are:

  • Starting from the bank, which is common for new anglers without access to a vessel.
  • Venturing into deeper water, exploring edge fishing and bay fishing with water depths of one to four feet, which Landon personally finds highly productive for sight fishing.
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Gear Essentials for Shore Fishing

11:18 – Phil and Landon discuss the gear needed for shore fishing stillwaters.

  • Landon recommends using 10 to 11-foot rods for better control over the fish, especially when dealing with larger catches.
  • He suggests using floating lines or intermediate sinking lines, and longer fluorocarbon leaders for optimal performance.
  • Additionally, Landon emphasizes the importance of durable chest waders and boots with good traction, as they will endure significant wear and tear from being constantly submerged in water.

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Choosing the Right Fly Lines for Shore Fishing

13:00 – Mid or merger tips can be useful for achieving depth and control during retrieves. Landon says it’s important to understand the fishing zone, usually one to four feet deep, and recommends lines that sink at one to three inches per second.

15:27 – Landon typically uses fluorocarbon leaders ranging from three to five feet long, tied directly to a micro swivel for freedom of motion and rotation.

He also shares his preferred setups for fishing with indicators, including traditional indicator setups and dry dropper rigs.

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Key Tactics for Shoreline Fishing

30:00 – Landon recommends focusing on three main elements when selecting fishing spots:

  1. Depth Control:  Identifying areas with changes in depth, such as drop-offs or shallow to deep transitions.
  2. Intercepting Points:  Targeting points of land or structures where fish are likely to swim around, providing closer access from shore.
  3. Structure: Pay attention to vegetation clumps, which serve as breeding grounds for insects and attract fish.

By considering these factors, anglers can effectively locate fish-rich areas from shore.

How Does Wind Affect Stillwater Fishing?

Landon looks for access points where the wind blows into or away from the bay, which can trigger fish movement and increase water temperature.

Despite the challenges, Phil and Landon highlight the benefits of wind, including creating choppy water that attracts fish and providing opportunities for successful presentations.

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How Does Timing Affect Fishing Success?

Mornings to early afternoons are prime times for hatches-driven fisheries, such as those focusing on mayflies and damselflies.

The first and last hours of the day are key for fisheries where fish feed on baitfish or crayfish, as these periods coincide with heightened feeding activity.

What are the Top Flies for Shoreline Fishing?

50:35 – Landon provides a list of his top favorite flies:

  • Leach
  • Hare’s Ear
  • Epoxy Back Callibaetis
  • Red Worm
  • Chubby Chernobyl
  • Egg Patterns
  • Scud Flies


Follow Landon on Instagram @landonmayerflyfishing

Visit his website at

landon mayer fly fishing

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WFS 548B – Trophy Trout with Landon Mayer – Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, Fly Tying, Fitness Tips

Littoral Zone #9 – Strategies and Tactics for Eastern Stillwaters with Loren Williams and Phil Rowley

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Conclusion with Landon Mayer on Shoreline Strategies and Tactics

Landon and Phil shared some fantastic tips for fly fishing from shore in still waters, from choosing the right gear and reading the water to mastering fishing tactics and selecting the best flies. So, grab your gear, head to the shoreline, and get ready for an unforgettable fishing adventure!