Brief Explanation on the Basics of Beginner Fly Fishing

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What you absolutely must understand before embarking into the fly fishing world?

I would like to begin by stressing the fact that fly fishing is not nearly as hard as some would like you to believe. If you get started with the appropriate gear and seek proper instruction, you should be able to cast a fly fishing line reasonably well within a few hours.

Did you know you can fish for all kinds of trout, bluegill, bass, pike, tarpon, stripers, or just about anything else that has fins?

Since most people are familiar with spin fishing, I will try and make comparisons between fishing with a fly and spin fishing to help you better understand what this great angling sport is all about.

When you are spin-fishing, a lure attached to a very thin line (most commonly monofilament) is casted. The lure is weighted and this weight loads the rod to propel it towards your intended target. The fishing line at this point is just along for the ride.

When you are fly fishing…

You cast a fly line attached to a leader, tippet, and fly with a fly rod. The fly is almost weightless. Your fly is attached to the tippet which varies in length but usually not longer than 2-3 feet, the tippet is attached to the leader, which is usually about 9 feet long (normal lengths are between 7 1/2 feet to 12 feet), and it is very similar to a standard spinning line.

However, the big difference is that the leader is attached to a fly line which is normally 90 feet long. Your fly line is made of a flexible plastic and is much larger in diameter than spinning line and in turn much heavier.

The fly rod is usually between 7 and 10 feet long and when fly casting, the fly line provides the weight to load the rod and propel itself towards the desired target.

The leader and fly are just along for the ride until the very end of the cast where the leader/tippet/fly lay out nice straight and flat on the water.

A very important fact for beginner fly fishing is; to understand that you are casting the line, not the fly. The line and the rod must be matched to each other in order for each to work properly.

Brief Explanation on the Basics of Beginner Fly Fishing

When you are spin fishing there is a liberal amount of give and take between what works and what doesn’t.

Fly rods and fly lines must be matched carefully for optimum performance and your ultimate big fish experience.

The grace and beauty of fishing with a fly, is to cast and present an almost weightless fly in a most delicate manner so that even the most wary fish just simply can refuse it.

So you may ask…why fly fishing?

Most people take up fly fishing for many reasons but here are a few

* The challenge
* The enjoyment of the great outdoors
* Respect from fellow anglers
* Using magnificent angler’s tools;
o the rods,
o the lines,
o and of course the very unique, delicate and weightless fly

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