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Fly-Fishing Culture

Updated on January 13, 2017

An Introduction Into Endless Bliss

The culture of fly-fishing encompasses every component a man or child needs to sustain a healthy character and full life. This is the unique aspect about this sport that can be justifiably called a lifestyle. The challenge of the sport is one where only the committed do well and to be committed is to converge it and one's life together.

It is the very mechanics of fly fishing that makes it a life transforming culture. In order to explain what these components are, a brief explanation - by comparison with other fishing methods - must be made.

When fly-fisherman say, "standard fishing", they are identifying the more common ways of fishing with a rod. Due to technology, those standard fishing approaches are ways that make a rod use easier. This is accomplished primarily with how a fishing line is managed.

For every category of fisherman, the fishing line is a source of most problems faced on the waters. Either the line spins into a tangled "bird's nest", gets caught in a tree or can have too much slack when a fish strikes. It is these types of obstacles and many more that can be caused by line problems.

To managed these issues, technology has advanced standard fishing through modern reel inventions. At the very heart of distinguishing fishing styles - you find the reel. When standard fishing is mentioned, it usually signifies a difference in the reel used and therefore how a fishing line is managed and casted.

Though the reel can be said to separate fly-fishing from other methods, the actual culture of flyfishing is achieved with two other factors. The sum of those factors are: the reel, the line, and the lure.

The following will explain what that culture is and how it can be traced directly to the design of a fly-fisherman's gear: his reel, line, and lure.

Down upon and across a lake.
Down upon and across a lake. | Source
Two Arbor reel manufactured by OrvisCo Inc.
Two Arbor reel manufactured by OrvisCo Inc.

The Components

- The Line

Fly-line requires a reasonable amount of backspace to be used properly. This will require the fly-fisherman to find and settle in the more scenic waters in order to fish with success. As can be seen, the cultural quality of the sport is already taken form as the fisherman needs spacious territory. Usually in the wild, running water and spacious scenery are the right ingredients to put anyone's mind into a meditative state.

To advance this calm notion, that fly-line must be gently handle when casting. Unlike standard fishing, a fly-line is actually weighted and that weight is what causes forward distance and motion. Because the line is weighted, is does all the work. Over powering or tensing up when casting will only lead to frustration. The fly-line makes casting alone a therapeutic process. It is definitely an addition to the whole culture of fly-fishing.

- The Reel

The fly-reel is a great accompaniment to the fly-line. Because the line does so much work when casting, the reel is not used to retrieve the line for another cast. That reel is also commonly ignored when a fish is being brought to shore. The reason a reel is not used in casting is because the line can be retrieved by simply lifting the rod tip and thus the "weight" or line out of the water. In standard fishing, one's wrist must go to work and reel in line before another cast can be made.

The freedom of the line through the inactivity of a reel creates a willing challenge with a fly-fisherman. It is this challenge that keeps the enthusiast on edge. It is common to hear one bragging about catching, say, a large mouth, "on the fly", as opposed to simply catching a fish. This is because the freedom of the fly-line makes the gratification of landing nice fish that much more. The line is more challenging to managed and therefore results in more gratification.

Overcoming challenges is surely a common drive that fly-fishermen have. The easy route is not apart of their cultural design. This doesn't only mean the reel, but the entire set-up: line, reel and fly. Because a fly-fisherman will usually fish intimately with his fly-line, it is rarely used to bring in fish as the fisherman will strip line in as opposed to winding the reel.

- The Lure

For the sake of the novice or beginner, this section has been titled, "The Lure". No one in this community will ever call it that however. In fact, never tell them that it was mentioned so here. The lures a fly-fisherman uses are called flies. Even if the pattern structured on the hook is a fish or an egg pattern and not an insect, it will be called a fly.

The term fly is more appropriate either way. For one, this fishing style started by imitating insects. The other is that it regards that many fly-fishermen make their own flies. This is another cultural addition to the lifestyle-sport. By making one's own flies, not only is there freedom in creation, but it is also an additional skill to have.

Time that passes making one's own flies is usually done with a group of other fisherman and is where the community comes in. This community and constructing one's own unique flies will be discussed below. Regardless, as a cultural aspect, a fisherman is empowered to catch all types of fish on something he himself created. This makes him self-sufficient and reminded of his independence in the wild. Call it the "lure" of it all.

A hog[largemouth bass] on a fly-rod.
A hog[largemouth bass] on a fly-rod.

The Final Pieces

Below are other factors that play into the interesting culture of fly-fishing.

- Vast Knowledge

Their may be a hailed self-taught fly-fisherman now again, but even he read another's work or eventually got the needed support from one with years of experience. The complexities to learn fly-fishing are not limited to the rod, fly, reel or line. The water is an ecosystem that brings infinite conditions and no one will have ever seen them all. Fish also live by highly developed instincts.

It takes more than enthusiasm to know a great deal about fish. Even-more, it takes the right know-how to distinguish relevant information about varying species. Because of the common enthusiasm shared amongst fly-fishermen, this world is usually a group of tight-knitted anglers who understand that knowledge and experience is related to the support they share and receive. Every pupil to the art advances his opportunity to be an inspiration to another emerging in the fly-man's way of natural life.

- Lodging Destinations

Many anglers start to fly-fish because of the destinations it will likely take them. The best accommodations for those world-wide journeys are best exemplified through lodges. Though no one needs a lodge to travel or fish with success, their locations provide an understanding of the culture involved with the adventures of fly-fishing. Fly-fishing is all about searching for freedom in the wild be it from family, work or society.

- Species of Fish

Yes, an experienced angler can catch any type of fish on a fly. Regardless, the traditional fish like trout establishes a unique cultural concept about fly-fishing. The trout compared to the large mouth bass is like an Einstein in water. So how do you catch them? This very question is why many can pick up a fly-rod and never put it down. Remember, these fishermen are not the type to turn away from a great challenge.

- Art Mastery and Creativity

If a community of knowledge and fish wasn't enough, then the art in fly-fishing puts icing on the cake. Whether it is a popular painting of trout or the unique apparel that would only accommodate an fly-angler, there is art and creativity all around this sport. It takes a village to raise a child and it also takes art and creativity to mature him. That art and creativity comes through personal styles of fly-fishing and creating unique fly-patterns that catch trophy fish.

- Preparation for a Hunt

Why most beginners fail is the same reason many of them get involved. Fishing in whole is a hunt, but no other method of angling comes close to the preparations made in fly-fishing. Preparing for a day of casting a fly can be likened to a tribal and ceremonial experience. It is not unusual for these types of anglers to find fields to practice casting accuracy and control.

There is also no disappointment worst than getting out on the water for an hour to only have lost or damaged the flies in one's tackle box. An angler who ties his own flies must spend time preparing and making sure to have tied enough for even a week's trip. He also will have to be prepared with the right line. Unlike standard fishing, a fly-angler changes lines called tippet and leader and ties varying knots throughout a day's of fishing.

Again, there is nothing worst than starting to fish and having to stop because resources have depleted. Fly-fishing takes a great deal of preparation in self-manufacturing and knowledge of the water being pursued. All of these dig deep into animalistic determination while in the midst of a great hunt.

- Food

When considering the cultural aspects derived from the mechanics of fly-fishing, it becomes life-sustaining when a catch is cooked into a fine meal. Not only can a fisherman invest his time into this sport, but he can also be rewarded with the basic sustenance of life. Salmon, for example, are a great fighting fish many love to see on a dinner plate as the day ends.

- Careers

Though standard fishing may only design lures based on a staff of developers, in fly-fishing, a fly-tier can build an empire by designing and distributing his design proven to catch fish. Artists have also made fortunes with fly-fishing art. It is also common for enthusiasts to find regions with no competition and open fly shops. For popular bodies of waters, these ma-n-pa shops make a killing, and their shop names are never heard by the general public.

Fly-fishermen are also writers and very creative people who advance the sport with books or gadgets that receive fair attributions. For the guy usually spending many of his days a week out on the water, being a fly-fishing guide is not only a ligitamate career, but it can allow one's passion to become a profession. The culture of fly-fishing has made a great industry of people, groups and companies who really do adhere to the culture of the fly-fishing lifestyle.

This way of fishing is a great culture indeed.

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