Basics of fly fishing

Fly fishing is a very fun activity and the method is considered one of the best to catch fish in great numbers. Fly fishing is basically an angling method in which fake fish are used to catch real fish. It can be done in both fresh and salt water but you must attain a certain level of skill before you can catch fish through fly fishing. Fly fishing is an easy technique in general though if you are new at fly fishing then you would have to learn a few basics before you can look to catch fish using this technique. Here is a guide on the basics of fly fishing to help beginners in learning this art.

Different Parts of the Fly Rod and Reel

First of all, you should start with an open mind and should not think that it’s difficult. With clear instructions, you should be learn it quickly. However, to understand the instructions, you must read and learn about each and every part of the fly rod and fly wheel. Once you have done that, you will be able to easily comprehend the instructions with regards to fly fishing.

Casting Positions

casting positions

Casting involves a four step process. First step is pick up, second is back cast, third is forward cast and the last step is lay down. The casting arc is created between the back cast and the forward cast. Good casting loops are created at the end of the back cast and the forward cast.

Rod Loading

Rod loading is an art in itself. It does not matter how energetic you are when loading energy to the rod because loading the rod only requires timing. The strength with which it is loaded hardly matters. You should concentrate on the rod’s bending as you cast and you should stop the rod immediately after the back and forward casts.

Tying of Knots

tying of knots

Tying flies to tippet is another important skill for fly fishing as you can only catch fish when the fake insects or fish are tied properly. You can tie a Clinch Knot, Palomar Knot or a Koch Knot. Clinch Knots are known as the fishermen’s knots and are difficult to tie. Palomar Knots are easy to tie and are much stronger to hold deadly encounters. Koch Knot is also very easy to tie and it is ideal for beginners. This knot can be tied quickly without much effort but keep in mind that you must lubricate the knot first before going to catch the fish with either saliva or water. This lubrication is required because heat can be produced through friction when you are going to tighten the knot and the lubrication can eliminate the chance of heat production.

What to Use as Bait?

To be successful at fly fishing, you must know what fish usually eat. You will have to collect complete information regarding aquatic insects and also about the fish that eat them to get success in catching a larger quantity of fish.

These fly fishing basics can help a beginner go a long way in catching fish with fly fishing.