While there are many types of fishing, one of the most challenging any angler can undertake is fly fishing.
While conventional fishing uses bait you cast out, and which sinks under the surface of the water, or spinners that replicate swimming fish.
Fly fishing uses specially used baits to replicate flies or insects that rest on the surface of the water to catch fish. In most cases, you tend to find fly fishing in rivers rather than lakes and the ocean.
Here, you can learn all you need to know about the fly fishing experience because both equipment, techniques, and bait are very different from what you may understand.
What is Fly Fishing?
Fly fishing can be one of the best ways to challenge yourself when fishing. In many cases, your ideal spot means walking or hiking a few miles into the backcountry.
Not all fly fishing takes place in remote areas, yet the best fishing probably will take you to these remote rivers. Fly fishing is fun and a relaxing way to fish, while it takes lots of patience and skill.
Besides this, your fly fishing gear is very different from your regular fishing gear. It will comprise long, thin, and very flexible fly rods, and with this, there are various fishing lines used at the same time.
The crucial part is the bait that they call ‘Flies.’ You find a vast range of these they make to replicate various insects, such as dry flies, nymphs, and midges, among others.
When was the Fishing Fly Created?
One of the first references of using flies for fishing was in the 13th Century. By surprise, they found tying feathers to a hook was an effective way to fool fish into taking the hook.
However, there are writings of these feathered covered hooks as far back as the 2nd Century, where Macedonian anglers were fishing on the Aelianus River.
Since then, the flies have gone through many changes, yet the concept of catching fish using these methods is still the same.
Fly Fishing Setups
Once you begin researching the gear you need for fly fishing, you find it very different in comparison to traditional fishing.
In traditional fishing, you use your weights, float, bait on your hooks, and a lightweight fishing line.
When you fly fish, you cast a lightweight fly onto the top of the water, and rather than this dropping unnaturally, it needs to land just like the insect it is imitating. Because there is no weight in your fly, the fly lines and your casting techniques differ.
Here we will look at each component of what goes into a fly fishing experience.
Fly Fishing Lines:
In traditional fishing, it is your weights and bait that deliver the weight to achieve an excellent cast.
The fly fishing line delivers the weight needed to obtain your cast distance. Even here, you can find various components such as the backing, fly line, leader and tippet, and your fly.
It is the function of the backing to deliver extra length when you let a fish run after it has taken the fly. They design these lines to have sufficient weight to make your distance casts. You can visibly see these lines in use, as they look more like thin twine than the regular line.
The line leader connects to the tippets, and are critical parts of presenting the fly onto the water’s surface. Once the line comes to rest, the leaders and tippets portion with your fly settles gently as would an insect.
Fly Rods and Reels
The rod and reel are also very different from traditional fishing poles. Currently, many rods are made of flexible graphite.
You will also see that they are longer than regular poles and measure about nine feet long. It is the additional bend during casting that allows the fly to reach much further distances.
The fly reel is also very different from a conventional reel. Conventional reels are closed reels, while all fly reels are open. They even sit at the end of the handle, not in a further upward position. For this reason, the handle position is in front of the reel, not behind it.
Fly Casting Techniques
The casting technique is another huge difference between traditional fishing and fly fishing. In regular fishing, you push a button fling the rod backward and then thrust it out in front of you.
Fly fishing is more complicated, and an art form in itself than regular casting. There are many different fly fishing casting techniques, yet all involve letting out around 1.5 times the length of your rod in line
While doing so, you whip your fly rod behind you and forward while keeping the line in the air. As your line reaches the desired length, you whip your rod forward and let the line settle to the water.
Doing it correctly means you can reach further distances while settling the fly onto the water.
It is nearly impossible to count the number of flies there are in existence. However, you can break these down into three sections.
- Dry Flies: Dry flies replicate flies or bugs that land on the surface of the water.
- Nymphs: While a little more substantial, they are light enough to float just under the surface of the water and replicate water invertebrates.
- Streamers: It is these, which replicate smaller fish, though they tend to be going away from the pure form of fishing and fly use.
You may think to pick one fly is suitable for the day; however, you can choose flies to catch different types of fish, or at different times of the day.
Besides the above, there is little more you need to know, apart from the experience of fishing with flies.
Rather than sitting on a kayak, at the side of a lake or on a pier. You will be in some unique settings, wading boots secured firmly to your body while you stand in the running river waters trying to determine where the fish will bite.
If this wasn’t hard enough, you need to feel when you will be setting the hook at the right time; to be sure, you get a solid bite rather than missing catching your fish.
Fly fishing is artistic to watch and to take part in. If you wish to challenge yourself, then no other kind of fishing offers the same.