Fly Fishing For Beginners
Fly Fishing Gear Basics
People 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
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.
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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