Fly Fishing 101
Here's The Catch
Fly fishing is often associated with only mountain streams and catching trout, but it is much more. By imitating a fish's natural food source (the fly), just about any fish that's in a pond, stream, river, lake or ocean is game. Fish that most fly anglers pursue are: sunfish, bass, trout, pike, bluefish, bonefish, striped bass, salmon, tarpon, walleye and many many others
Why fly fishing? Glad you asked. If you're looking for a sport that is challenging yet relaxing, demanding yet rewarding, you've come to the right spot. Fly fishing is all of those things. Then again, if catching a fish was easy, it wouldn't be fun.
Fly fishing dates back nearly 2,000 years and is much different from conventional sport fishing. When many newcomers think of fishing, they envision tying bait or a lure to a lightweight fishing line and casting or dropping the line into the water in hopes of a catch. The weight of the lure generates the distance of the cast. In fly fishing, the "fly" is weightless. A weighted fly line delivers the fly to the water during the cast. This casting motion requires rhythm, timing and precision. The weight of the fly line develops the momentum to generate casting distance and accuracy: the key to successful fly fishing.
Begin your casting lesson and learn the various knots used in fly fishing.
Get comfortable in the basic cast and learn the proper grips.
Learn the proper stance as it allows you to learn the cast easier.
Follow the pick up and lay down cast closely. It's the foundation of all fly casting.
Move on to specialty casts, like the roll cast, and check out more advanced casting techniques, such as the single and double haul casts