If you are unfamiliar with fly fishing, then learning how to use fly fishing reels may seem daunting. Of course, this is just only the surface. Fly fisherman have perfected the art of their sport; so to the novice, everything seems complicated. While, many aspects of fly fishing do take a lot of time and energy to master, using the reel is actually quite simple. In fact, a fly fishing reel is probably the most basic type of fishing reel out there.
To learn how to use a fly fishing rod you will need:
- Fly reel
- Fly rod
- Stream to fish
- Fishing Line
- Know what the purpose of a fly fishing reel. If you are used to regular bait fishing or sea fishing, then this is going to be a little bit of an adjustment. Unlike those other types of rods and reels, you do not use a fly fishing reel for casting. Instead, its purpose is more minimal. Depending on the type of fish they are trying to catch, many fly fishermen will only use their reel to control the amount of slack they have in their line.
- It only has single action. In other types of fishing, the reel being used may have many different complicated gimmicks and features. A fishing reel is much simpler. It can only be cranked in one direction, and every turn of the handle corresponds with a turn of the reel.
- Understand the difference in reels. Not all fly fishing reels are made the same. Some have very specific purposes and are used for catching bigger or smaller fish. When you are fishing for small fish, then you really only need to use a reel with a ratchet system. This type of reel does not have drag, and it is really just a convenient way to keep your line of your way. If the fish are somewhat larger, then you will want to use a fly fishing reel that can provide some resistance and drag. Most reels that have a one way drag system will suffice.
- Set the drag. Setting the drag is also very important when you use a fly fishing reel. If you set it too tight, then the line will snap when you catch hold of a fish; especially a larger fish who can exhibit a decent amount of force. If you set the drag too loose, then when the fish catches on, it will take off with you line. This will create backlash, and your line will become knotted and tangled.