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Fly Fishing For Beginners

Fly Fishing Gear Basics

Fly Fishing For Beginners - Orvis Tackle CataloguePeople have enjoyed the various types of fishing for centuries. One of these types of fishing, fly fishing, has been growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. Fly fishing provides anglers the opportunity to make some really nice catches, but need certain specialized gear. Grabbing a stick, some line and bait to snag the “big one” just isn’t enough anymore.

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Advances in technology have given the fishing world many new materials for rods, reels, lures and other fishing gear. So, before you head out to your favourite body of water for a fly fishing adventure, stop by your local fishing store and check out the latest in fishing equipment.

Choosing a Rod and Reel

To fly fish, you’ll need a rod specifically designed for this sport. A regular rod will not work. Rods for fly fishing are built to allow the angler to accurately place the lure with every cast. The process works by building momentum in the fly line, which helps control the distance and the direction of the fly.

Understand, though, that not all fly fishing rods are the same. In this sport, you need to select the rod according to the type and size of fish you’re going after. The size and the flexibility of the rod will change depending on the size and fight of the fish.

You’ll also need a specially designed reel. These reels come in different sizes, too, depending on the fish, and are often mounted on the rod differently.

Line and Flies

Fishing line for fly fishing is heavier than line for cast fishing. Flies are lightweight and need the heavier line so the angler can accurately place the lure.

Flies come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Some anglers prefer to tie their own flies. Others swear that only certain store brands of flies will snag the fish. No matter which school of thought you follow, your tackle should contain several different flies to ensure a good fishing experience.

Speaking of tackle, there are usually three sizes of tackle boxes for fly fishing: small, medium and large. Many come with adjustable dividers and separate pockets for bait and accessories. It’s in these compartments that you need to put your leaders and tippets. Both are a necessity.

What to Wear

No, you don’t have to worry about fishing “fashion”. What you need to worry about is protective clothing. A major portion of this sport is spent strolling through the water, so anglers need to purchase and wear waders and wading boots.

Catch More Sport Fish - Other types of specialized gear are available for fly fishing, such as vests, hats and nets. You don’t need them to catch a fish, but they can improve the overall adventure. Staying dry and warm in a pair of waterproof pants, having lures handy in vest pockets, or wearing a hat to block some of the sun can all contribute to the anglers comfort. The more comfortable you are, the longer you’ll continue to fish and the more fish you’ll catch.

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