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Thursday, March 23, 2006

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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  • At Thursday, 23 March, 2006, Blogger Thistle Cove Farm said…

    Great story on fly fishing. I remember when trout season started the first day of April and every man in our family took a vacation day.

  • At Thursday, 23 March, 2006, Blogger Leslie Shelor said…

    The loss of the first day of fishing season was a tragedy around here. When I was small I'd go with Daddy fishing; he only had one type of fly that he used. He'd put me up in a tree with a book and fish up and down the stream.

  • At Friday, 24 March, 2006, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said…

    Great article. We recently rewatched A River Runs Through It. Daniel made the comment he would like to learn how to fly fish. I am passing your article on to him.

  • At Friday, 24 March, 2006, Blogger D L Ennis said…

    Sandra and Leslie, I know how hard people around here too the loss of opening day and that it was a ritual, but for me it was just to hectic; I enjoy peace and solitude on a stream or river!

    Hi Melissa, good movie. I hope Dan gets to try it, there is no other fishing like it!

  • At Sunday, 26 March, 2006, Blogger Joshua said…

    Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

    I have a Pier Fishing Guide site. It pretty much covers pier fishing related stuff.

    Come and check it out if you get time :-)


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