Tips for Fly Fishing Beginners
If you are interested in fly fishing but don’t know much about it, these tips will help you in starting out on the right path!
Learn to Read the Water
Timing is a key factor to success and reading the water is a crucial factor in determining your timing. Reading the water is important to get a detailed insight into how fish are expected to move. As a result, you would determine the place you’re supposed to pick fish up from more easily. Looking under water is easier midday when the sun is in an overhead position. The rays of the sun fall directly on the water at this time which eliminates any unwanted reflections or glares. This rends the view clear enough for you to track and learn fish movements.
Know How to Approach Fish
Every successful fly fisher knows that subtlety in approaching fish is a necessary requirement if you want to go home loaded. Fish are sensitive to in-water motions and in-water motions are easily detectable because it creates the small waves we call ripples. If you wade you’re going to have to be slow and careful. If you don’t, you’re going to have to make sure that your steps are not causing any audible sound to freak out the fish.
Spend Time Learning to Read the Streams
Reading streams is simple but necessary. This is because you won’t be able to spot the fish easily in most cases and therefore, you’ll need to anticipate where they are. This is when your knowledge of how streams work will come in handy. Streams are usually fast when narrow and slow when wide. From experience you’ll learn that some specific fish will mostly hide in similar places. For instance, trout usually hides behind rocks.
Keep an Eye for Shadows
As mentioned earlier, you won’t be able to directly see the fish you’re trying to catch mostly. Sometimes you’ll need to look for the shadows to catch the fish. Once you learn to read the streams and learn direction, you’ll be able to track and find fish using stream beds as well.