The Basics of Fly Fishing

The Basics of Fly Fishing

Before you head to the nearest sporting goods store to load up on fly fishing gear, you should have a firm grasp on the basics.  Even the most experienced fishermen in the world have had trouble going from spin casting to fishing with flies.  Fly fishing offers up a great fishing experience but it comes with a whole new set of challenges.  Forget what you know about spin casting and learn a whole new method of reeling in the big one.  Here are the basics of fly fishing.

Getting Started

If you have never fished before then there are some advantages to being a beginner, you have no bad habits to unlearn.  But before buying gear there are some basics you should know that will affect what you buy.  No matter how much or how little fishing experience you have fly fishing is different, it has a completely different technique.  You cast the line instead of the lure and this makes for a whole different fishing technique.

The Gear

If you already have a spinning rod then the first thing that you’re going to notice is how rods for fly fishing are a bit longer and more flexible.  The rods do come in different lengths and as a beginner you probably want to start with a medium weight rod along with the same weight line and fly reel.  If you go to a store that has a specialized section for fishing they probably have a package put together just for beginners that will get you started.  If not, then the bare minimum that you’re going to want to get is a rod, reel, leader and line.

The Flies

When it comes to fly fishing you have two basic types of flies, wet and dry flies.  The dry flies float on the surface of the water and they lure the fish to the surface to eat the fly.  Wet flies differ in that they are meant to attract fish that hang around the bottom of the lake or stream looking for food.  When you are first trying fly fishing you should start with dry flies.  Dry flies give you the chance to see when the fish is biting and reel them in.

Trying in Out

If you are not sure if you will like or get the hang of fly fishing then why not test it out first.  If you can find a friend or even local guide who can give you a lesson and that will provide the gear for you to try it out.  You can get the hang of learning how to cast and finding the right flies for what you are trying to catch.  Bear in mind that fly fishing is as much art as it is science and you may not reel in the big one your first time out.  The fact that it can be challenging is why most anglers love it.

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