Fly Fishing Basics

Fly fishing (or angling) can be a wonderful way to spend a relaxing weekend with friends or loved ones. The solice of the water, the beautiful scenery, and the great taste of the day’s catch. In fact, some of the most beautifully preserved landscapes in North America are great places to angle. Whether you must travel for miles to find the perfect spot, or simply walk out your back door, knowing the basics of the sport is an ideal way to begin a long, rewarding career in fly fishing.

When preparing for a fly fishing expedition, it is essential to remember and follow the 5 P’s: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. It may sound like an orientation lecture from your first employer, but this is the standard for having a successful adventure. First things first. Do you have the proper equipment? If you do not, your first experience with fly fishing will be frustrating and less than enjoyable. Additional things to consider and plan for include: the weather. Can you expect rain or any anything else that would deter fish from biting? The water current. In which direction are the fish heading? Is the current too rough for fish to see the lure and have the opportunity to bite? The type of fish. What am I hoping to catch today? Do I have the proper lures and equipment for that fish?

It is important to know what type of fish you are looking to catch because the gear you need to have is relative to the size and type of fish you want. Salmon and Trout are two of the most popular and enjoyable fish for a stream setting. However, there are many people who enjoy fly fishing for big game such as Marlin and sharks in the tepid, salty waters of the ocean. You should consult an expert if you need assistance selecting gear because the selection of gear available is just as varied as the many types of fish.

If you are planning the go it alone on your first expedition you may want to search the Internet for instruction manuals, e-books and tutorials to help you learn the ropes. The Internet is full of good information if you take time to look. Be sure to have all of your questions answered before hitting the water. It will be too late to ask when you arrive at your destination of choice. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewarding angling career on which you are about to embark.

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