Ever been fly-fishing?
Ever been fly-fishing? I think that most people misunderstand and think that you have to be able to travel the world to exotic locations to go fly-fishing. A lot of you may think that using fly fishing equipment is too complicated to use. Wrong!
Handling a fly rod is so simple if, you have the proper equipment and a little instruction. You may say "I don’t know anyone who fly-fishes to help me get started". Sure you do! Even if you don’t have a shop that specializes in fly-fishing equipment in your area then surely there is a general fishing supply shop where you can seek advice. If not buy a book on fly fishing technique or a video, there are a lot of great videos available. Just do it!!
Did I say the proper equipment? Balance is key; if the fly line and rod are balanced to handle the type of flies, for the type of fishing that you will be doing, then you will be amazed by how easy it is to cast. In fly-fishing, the weight of the line carries the fly to the desired location, unlike in spinning or bait-casting where the weight of the lure being cast, pulls the line off the reel.
The weight of the line you ask. Yep, the weight of fly line ranges from #1 (3.5-4.3 grams) to #15 (34.3-36.9 grams), again this is an area where your fishing equipment dealer or a good book or video can help you. You must understand, that in fly-fishing you have to serve the fly to the fish in a natural way, as though it were an insect floating down stream.
There are a lot of technical aspects to fly fishing; however, it can be truly simple if you "don’t make a mountain out of a molehill", so to speak. Take it one step at a time! Start with the basics, which would be equipment, balanced for the kind of fishing that you want to do. Learn and practice the simple but delicate, fluid rhythm of the cast.
Reading good books on the subject of fly fishing, can not only teach you the technical side of this wonderful sport but, can help you to understand begin to understand the serenity that comes with the fly fishing experience.
The fly fisherman is a separate breed from other fishermen. Being on the water on a calm morning with not a ripple on the surface, and a soft fog drifting just above as you’re watching your line roll so softly across the water, while at the end of its journey, the fly lays gently on the surface. You let the fly sit quiet for a few seconds and then give it a twitch, ever so gently then, BAM, a fish breaks the water as it hits the fly. You set the hook, your adrenaline pumping, oh man what a feeling; you’ll be hooked!
Also read, Fishing the Dry-fly!
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