Fly Fishing

By John Andrews | Reels

Fly fishing is one of the oldest angling methods. It involves an artificial fly that's used to catch the fish. The angler casts the bait with a fly rod and uses a special line with weight added at the and that enables the angler to cast it far away. People mostly use handmade lures for fly fishing, and their movement resembles real insects, baitfish, and other organisms found in the surrounding area.

Fly fishing is a method that can be practiced in both, fresh and saltwater. The main difference between fly fishing and other conventional styles of fishing is in the fact that the weight on the line carries the hook through the air. Other methods we mentioned set a lure or a sinker at the end of the line to get more casting distance.

There are many different types of flies available on the market, and you have to do some research before purchasing one. Find out what do fish go for in the area where you want to catch them.

Fly fishing is not that good for beginners because it involves advanced techniques that need some time to master. There are a number of different casting techniques. In fact, many beginners start with the classing overhead technique and progress further later on. Fly fishing doesn't require a lot of tackle, but you have to have different lures prepared if you want to be successful. Also, look out for heavy growth near the river banks because your hook can easily get caught on something.

Fly Fishing Rods

Like we said, fly fishing is the form of fishing where you use an artificial fly to catch fish. Of course, you need a rod even to cast the fly in the first place. For this, you have to use a fly rod, fly reel, and specialized lines designed for this type of fishing. As far as the rods go, there are many different sizes and types available on the market.

They can be made out of different materials, but traditionally, fly fishing rods were made out of bamboo. Many anglers from across the world still prefer bamboo rods because they are robust and sturdy, but also light and easy to handle.

Today, most fly fishing rods are made from carbon fiber or fiberglass. These materials are a modern substitute for bamboo. They are a big lighter than bamboo rods, but the feel is not the same. 

Fiberglass rods are the number one choice for new anglers because they are dependable and they are cheaper than graphite rods. They are also less flexible and sensitive than graphite rods. That is why experienced anglers often use graphite rods that make it easy to feel exactly when a fish bites, which can make a big difference.

Fly Reels

Naturally, with fly fishing rods, you have to get a matching fly fishing reel. Reels that are used for fly fishing are entirely different from all other types of reels. They feature a vast spool with a grip attached to the outer side of the spool. Fly fishing reels don't have any internal gears like reels used for spinning and baitcasting. Reels used for fly fishing are designed to be durable, and light, and they allow anglers to whip the rod with the fly attached up and down to mimic the natural movement of insects.

More expensive fly reels feature a winding mechanism that makes reeling in the fish much easier. Reels used for fly fishing are designed without handles, and the line is pulled via a specially designed spring loaded mechanism.

Fly fishing is the type of fishing that demands a bit of practice; it's not the easiest way to catch fish. Beginners find this kind of fishing hard because it demands the use of advanced techniques that need some practice to perfect.

Fly fishing reels are designed to fit nicely in your hand. They are comfortable to hold on to and feel good, but the whipping action that goes on with every cast can cause snarls for novices.

Fly Fishing Gear

Fly fishing doesn't require a lot of gear. All you need is a rod, a reel, a specialized line, and a number of different lures and artificial flies. You will have to find out what do your targeted fish go for before heading out for a fishing trip. Some anglers prefer to fly fish from a kayak, but most of them stick to the shores.

The most important thing is to get a quality line that can handle the pressure of the fish you target and to learn how to direct them away from heavy cover and places that could catch your line.

About the Author

John is the wisest member of our team since he's the oldest person here. He has gathered lots of tips and tricks throughout his 35-year angling career. His love for angling has led him to join our team because he wants to share his wisdom with others. Back in the day, he had to visit locations around the country and speak to many anglers to get more information about angling and now he wants to share it online. He doesn't fish as much as he used to, but his passion for angling is ever present.

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