Learn Fly Fishing Basics Before You Buy Equipment

Even the most experienced fishermen, including tournament winners, who have been using bait casting and spin casting kits for many years sometimes find fly fishing somewhat daunting. No matter how experienced you are at fishing, before you rush off and spend a fortune on fly fishing equipment, you need to understand some fly fishing basics which will have a bearing on what you end up buying.

Don’t forget that in fly fishing you cast the line rather than the lure so the technique is quite different to other types of fishing.

Choosing Your Rod

Fly fishing rods are usually longer than other rods and there are three basic lengths of fly rod with three types of flexibility or depth of bend:

6 – 8 feet (good for fishing small areas with plenty of obstructions to casting)
8 – 10 feet (better for larger areas of water when a long cast is needed to reach the fish or where the currents are difficult)
10 – 12 feet (used for specific types of casting e.g. spey)

Tip-flex – The first third of the rod flexes when casting.
Mid-flex – Half the rod flexes
Full-flex – The rod flexes down its full length while casting.

Which Line?

The thickness of fly fishing line you will need varies depending on what you’re fishing for and the general conditions.

Most rod handles are inscribed with the number of the line which the rod manufacturer recommends but that doesn’t mean you can’t use other diameters of line.

A lighter line will land more lightly and not frighten the fish, whereas a heavier line might be useful for fishing in a restricted space. There are many different instances where a lighter or heavier line would be best but that’s a whole subject on its own.

Selecting your Flies

In brief, flies either land on the surface (dry) or below the surface (wet). When you are a beginner at fly fishing a dry fly is better because you can see the fish leap for the fly and you’ll know better what’s going on.

The fly is meant to represent the type of insects around at the time of year which the fish likes so it’s worth spending time researching the bugs and their life cycles so that you can fool the fish into thinking they’re real.

If you’re not sure whether you’ll like fly fishing, it may be a good idea to buy some cheap second hand equipment to start with.

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