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Fly Fishing Basics

Updated on March 21, 2015

The Excitement Of Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is a fun filled activity that is not very hard to master.

With a few simple steps and following some basic instructions, you can try out fly fishing and actually be good at it. In fact, fly fishing as a skill is easy to pick up provided you know some basic things about fishing and are interested in adding more to what you already know.

Fly fishing, like any other activity, will be difficult to be good at if you are not practicing regularly. Every now and then, you might need to work on certain areas to retain your touch with this activity.

Learning About The Cast

The first part that you are going to learn about fly fishing is about casting. Casting has a lot to do with how good you are going to be with fly fishing.

In fact, the cast area will determine precisely how good your catch is going to be. Experts differ when it comes to explaining tips about the throwing the perfect cast. You can try something that you are comfortable with and perhaps something that works in your favor.

The next part about fly fishing is about tying the fly. Here, there are many options to choose from and it is up to you to pick something that will work and help you get a good catch. You can decide between regular flies that are traditionally used for a number of different fish varieties to more exotic options which are used to catch specific kinds of fish.

In fact, fly tying is about choosing something that will work for you and perhaps help you learn the intricate details about fly fishing before going in for the bigger catches.

Next, always make it a habit to keep a checklist with you in handy to verify that you are doing everything right and that you what you need for your fly fishing trip. Consult a friend or someone who has been on such an excursion to verify that you have everything needed for the trip and that you don't realize something once you have reached the fishery.

Furthermore, it is always wise to double check any other attribute that might seem important. There is nothing worse than an incomplete fly fishing trip and perhaps not being completely satisfied with your first trip might inhibit you from going on another fly fishing trip. Thus, make sure your first trip is a memorable one and ensure that you have everything that you need.

Fly fishing is a sport so you will need to practice in order to increase your ability. It is always recommended to take someone along with you that has more experience and ability in order to learn from them. Although books and information you can find online is very helpful, there's no better way to learn except from someone who is a few steps ahead of you.

Keep an open mind and determined stance and in no time you will be able to fly fish with some of the greatest.

Fly Fishing Gear
Fly Fishing Gear

Choosing The Right Fly Fishing Gear

There's nothing quite like fishing; it relaxes you and lets you immerse in its tranquility while at the same time be happy about the fact that you are going to have something special for dinner.

The feeling of enjoying a fish meal thanks to your good catch is something that can only be experienced and not described. It is like going back to your roots and foraging for your family, not driving up to the supermarket and buying ready to eat items.

Fly fishing is a technique that takes you closer to nature where you use suspended baits to let the fish come to you rather than wait for something to clip onto your bait under water. Needless to say, fly fishing is tricky, but when mastered is a joy that is unparalleled to anything else.

Firstly, you need to find the right kind of gear. Choosing the gear will determine your success with fly fishing. There are a couple of things that you need to look out for before anything else. The first aspect of the equipment that you are going to have to consider is the fly rods and the reels. A fly rod is the most basic part of fishing in any form and it goes without saying that you need to invest in a good fly rod to have success with your fishing.

In fact, a fly rod requires a compatible reel and this too depends on your preference. There is a lot to choose from and you should do your research before settling down with any particular model.

The next parts that you need to worry about are the lines and leaders. The lines determine the casting area and usually more than two lines are attached to the fly rod. This will ensure that you have an adequate enough range. The leaders are important as well. A leader is used to connect the fly line to the tippet and hence you need to choose a suitable one for the task.

The final part of the gear represents the boats or another vessel that you are planning to use for fly fishing. It is crucial to choose a type that is compatible with fly fishing as no angler will like to fall into the water! You can opt for a motorized boat to cover more distance, although it is not really mandatory. The end point is to get to a good rich area for successful fly fishing.

Fly fishing is an enjoyable and relaxing sport but without the proper gear it can become very frustrating. This is why it is so important to know what you need before you get involved in it. If you're just starting out, you can consult with a friend or family member that is already involved in fly fishing.

If you don't know anyone you can talk with your local sporting goods store to show you the way. Once you have the right equipment, you'll be well on your way to have a great time.

Fly Fishing From Scratch
Fly Fishing From Scratch

How To Maximize Your Fly Fishing Success!

Without endless hours of trial and error.

If you are new to fly fishing it can take some time before you become competent in this sport.

Its not just the way you cast the rod that makes the difference but knowing where the fish are and the signs to look for means you will see a much greater success rate with fly fishing.

Many of you reading this lens are probably making mistakes and as yet do not even realize why you are not seeing any results for your efforts.

Henry Holderness is a twenty year veteran of fly fishing in New Zealand and is prepared to share not only his story but all the techniques he has mastered over the years.

Henry is a fishing fanatic and living in New Zealand has honed his skill on fly fishing for Rainbow Trout, not only great fighting fish but really good on a dinner table as well.

1. You will learn about the five main types of fly used to catch trout

2. The five pieces of Equipment every Fly Fisherman must have.

3. Learn how to cast with more speed and accuracy.

4. A collection of videos to show you step by step how to cast when fly fishing.

5. Understanding the different rods and weights and what each one should be used for.

6. The difference between the lines and which one suits which location.

7. Using feathered lures for the best results.

8. Mistakes to avoid when assembling your fly fishing rod.

I have only touched on some of the topics in Fly Fishing From Scratch, Henry has everything covered in this comprehensive eBook on Fly Fishing.

Get your Fly Fishing Terms Right
Get your Fly Fishing Terms Right

Understanding Fly Fishing Terminology

People who hear about fly fishing the first time around do not get the terms right away.

Neither do they get to grips with the most regular terms used regarding fly fishing and the activity itself. Here is a guide about the most common terminologies used by a common fly fisher.

Angling: Fishing with a hook on a fishing line is called angling and is the general process of fly fishing. If you are angling, you most definitely are called an angler.

Casting: Success in fly fishing is largely dependent on the precision and accuracy of the throw of the fishing line. This impulse generated throw of the fishing line at specific targets is what's called a casting. Fly fishing is a waste-of-time if you don't know how to cast.

Fly: A fly is an insect-like cast at the end of your fishing line attached to the hook. This is what gives fly fishing its name. It is usually made out of natural material but can be made out of synthetic material as well. Flies are usually made to resemble the insects found in the territory you are fishing in so as not to scare away the fish.

Fishing Line: Fishing is the most common material used by anglers in fly fishing. It is the cord that carries the fly to its target. You have to cast the fishing line at a distance for the fly to land at while fly fishing. People seldom call the fishing line, used in fly fishing, a fly line. At the end of each line is a fish hook with a fly and at the other it's connected to the rod and reel.

Leaders: These are usually the link between the fishing line and the fly. They are more typically knots that hold the fly to the line in fly fishing. It is important that the leader knot be secure, not so lose and not so stiff. Always remember to moisten the knot before you pull it for tying.

Tippets: These are basically fishing lines which have different sizes and different weights for different types of fish. A simple example would be of a 5x tippet which can carry on to a 4lb fish.

There are a lot more terms that fly fishers come to learn through experience. The ones above would certainly get you off the ground and talk the fly fishing talk. The internet is a great resource for you if you're looking to take fly fishing seriously. You can always join chat groups or other organizations in your area where you can learn more about this intriguing sport.

Fly fishing has brought a lot of joy and satisfaction to many people throughout the years. It has been way of leisure and unwinding for many people. Gathering together with some of your friends and taking a day to fly fish can really create some lasting memories.

Fishing is a great group sport for your family as well. The next time you're looking for a great group even, go fishing.

Freshwater Angler
Freshwater Angler

Why Anglers Love Fly Fishing?

Angling is an ancient tradition of catching fish in a stream or a lake using hooks. The hooks at the end of the fishing lines are what they call angles.

Since its introduction, angling demanded the presence of heavy lure bait at the end of the fishing line. This helped the bait to submerge below the surface of the water. But, that's where fly fishing is different than regular angling.

Let us explain the reasons that make this type of angle fishing extremely popular with anglers.

Fly fishing found acknowledgement in the ancient before Roman times, when live baits, presumably maggots, were attached to the ends of the line. To counter the problem of weight balance, fly fishing held more value to the fishing industry.

The art of fly fishing involves the making and attaching of an artificial fly-like padding to the end of a line where the hook is connected. This characteristic fly-like appearance of the hook gives the fishing practice the name fly fishing.

These days, the artificial flies used in fly fishing are either made from naturally occurring material or with synthetic material pasted on the hook. Most commonly used material to create these artificial flies is hair, feathers or silk-based leaders and tippets for holding the flies on to.

Where in the olden days, fishing required heavy bait on the hook to pull the line out of the reel, fly fishing involves almost weightless flies attached to the hooks. So how, one might think, is the line ever extended from the reel?

The weight in question in fly fishing is largely that of the fishing line rather than the bait and largely depends on how the line is thrown over the stream. In essence, fly fishing tends to be a rather enjoyable yet sophisticated approach to fishing in general. This method of fishing originated in ancient Macedonia and rendered the serious art of fishing for food into an enjoyable retreat and a pastime.

Fly fishing is deemed one of the most common fishing habits and activities in the regions of North America, United Kingdom and the Pacific shores. It is however, much more commonplace in Great Britain, where fishermen still use the method to catch fish daily. Fly fishing is used to catch various breeds of fish from salmons and trout to even bass. A little effort is usually very rewarding when it comes to fly fishing. You never know what you might catch.

No matter what type of fishing you enjoy, you should definitely try fly fishing. Fly fishing is a great way to take some time and be with yourself and nature. It affords you a moment to steal away from the hustle and bustle of life and get refreshed.

There is great joy in catching fish and then taking them home to feed your family. There is such a great joy given when you can provide through the working of your hands. If you've never given fly fishing a try, you should because it is one of the most enjoyable ways to fish.

Are You A Passionate Fly Fisherman - If so we would really like to hear form you.

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      I don't fly fish as much as I used to but I do love the sport. So meditative. Thanks for the reminders and the share.