Fly Fishing Guide
With all the subtleties and nuances of the sport, a quick and effective fly fishing guide might seem pretty hard to come by. Unlike other forms of freshwater fishing, fly fishing is seen by its practitioners as a sort of art. Everything from casting technique, to fly making, and even knot tying has a wealth of details to get familiar with. Unfortunately, the true beginner can really only attain these skills through years of practice. You can get a head start on your fishing education, however, with this very basic fly fishing guide.
- Learn the equipment of fly fishing. Fly rods, line, and reels are unique among freshwater fishing gear. Fly rods are much longer and more sensitive to allow the fly fisherman to feel the slightest of nudges from hungry fish. The reels, meanwhile, don’t have a specific button or mechanism for casting. The fisherman has to use the reel’s drag to pull out the exact amount of line they need with their non-dominant hand. Then, they must whip the rod tip towards their casting target with the rod holding arm. Fly fishing line, the last unique piece of major equipment, is much thicker and brighter. It’s designed to float visibly on top of the water, allowing those who are fly fishing to see exactly where their bait is at all times.
- Learn and practice the art of fly casting. There are several different types of casts in the sport. In fact, entire volumes of a fly fishing guide could be filled with just casting technique. The most popular and versatile is considered by most to be the overhead cast. The basic technique behind it is to pull out a set amount of line with the non-rod hand, slowly move the rod back to roughly the two o’clock position, and then use your rod-holding arm as a lever to quickly whip the rod tip forward to the 9 o’clock position in the direction of your target. This process is repeated several times until the distance you need is reached. When you feel like you’ve practiced enough to have basic fly fishing casts down, the best recommendation is to go out and practice some more. These techniques take copious amounts of time and dedication to perfect.
- As you get better at fly fishing in general, learn the peripheral aspects of the sport. Of course, no beginner’s fly fishing guide would be complete without mentioning the art of fly tying. Generally speaking, it is the process of using materials similar to sewing equipment to make your own “flies”, or fishing lures. In addition to this, you’ll want to work on your on-the-water sight fishing instincts and your wading abilities in waters with current after you get the basics of fly fishing down. One of the most important tenets to remember about fly fishing is that you’re never really done learning. Every fly fisherman worth his salt has a student’s frame of mind, no matter how much time he’s spent on the water.