Learn the Basics of Fly Fishing

Learn the Basics of Fly Fishing

Whether you treat it as a sport or simply a relaxing way to pass some time, fly fishing is an excellent activity that pretty much anyone can enjoy. Many enthusiasts will tell you that there’s simply no better way to spend a day than sitting out by a lake or river, angling for trout. In this article, we’ll provide a brief overview of fly fishing. We’ll let you know how, where and when you should be doing your fishing in order to have the best time and the highest chances of success.

One of the most interesting things about fly fishing, just like many other types of fishing, is that you don’t have to be a seasoned expert with many years of experience behind you to enjoy it. Anyone can simply head out and enjoy some time, either by themselves or with other anglers, taking in the beauty of nature and witnessing the thrill of drawing in a beautiful fish.

That’s why we think one of the golden rules of this sport is to simply let yourself enjoy it. Fervent advocates of fly fishing will tell you about how they can simply let themselves go and forget all their troubles while tying flies and waiting for a sign of movement, and this really is true.

best fly fishing equipment

Fly Fishing Equipment

Let’s begin by talking about the sort of equipment you should be using. In general, there are no set rules on the gear employed by the fly angler. The fly rod, reel and line are all essentials, but there are countless options currently available on the market and the gear you use really depends on your own personal preferences.

There are no real rights and wrongs, but some knots and flies will of course be more effective than others. It’s therefore important to do your research and learn the best knots for every situation. Also be sure to shop around. Fly fishing gear can seem expensive at first glance, but you can save plenty of cash if you choose the right shops.

What Can You Catch Fly Fishing?

So what sort of species can you catch when fly fishing? Well, the sport is most commonly associated with river trout, but there are many anglers out there catching a wide variety of fish, including salmon, bass, marlin and sometimes sharks.

There are literally thousands of different types of fish out there, each with their own habits and peculiarities. For seasoned anglers, a lot of the enjoyment of the sport can be had by working out those habits and constructing the ideal set-up to catch different kinds of fish. In the US, fly anglers most commonly catch rainbow trout, but there are dozens of other types of trout to go after as well.

fly fishing locations

Where Can You Fly Fish?

In terms of where you should be doing your fly fishing, once again there are no right or wrong answers really. As long as your activities are fully legal, you can setup your fly rod almost anywhere. Oceans, rivers, lakes and more are filled with fish that are just waiting to be caught.

Even on days when you can’t get to a body of water, you can still practice your casting skills from the comfort of your own home. Many fly anglers can be spotted casting lines in their backyards to perfect their technique. This sport isn’t just popular in the US either; you can travel all around the world to enjoy the wonders of fly fishing. It’s very popular in Europe, for example, where anglers are frequently found fishing for carp.

fly fishing techniques

Fly Fishing Techniques

When considering your actual fly fishing techniques, it’s important to be versatile and adapt to each situation. The methods used by anglers will change drastically depending on the location, time of year, and type of fish that they are trying to catch. Even different times of day can call for different sorts of method, as certain insects will only appear in the evening and certain fish will have more active periods.

Once again, research is essential here. It’s also wise to head out with other anglers and share tips and stories. Not only can this improve your own chances of catching some fish, the friendship and camaraderie among anglers can also be one of the purest joys of the sport.

If, like most anglers, you’re searching for river trout, you should know that these fish tend to rest near the bottom for most of the day. They also gather in certain zones of the river, which are easily identifiable by the water temperature, gradient, and speed of flow. Nymph fishing is a popular technique to catching river trout. This involves the use of insects that also spend a lot of time around the bottom of the river.

Still, other techniques have proven to be very reliable, so it’s always good to try multiple options and find the one that works for you. We also encourage every fly angler to exercise patience. This isn’t the sort of activity you can rush through. Taking your time and enjoying each moment is the best way to make the most of every trip.

About the author

Mike Paris

Mike is the editor of NWT Outfitters and as you may expect, an avid outdoorsman... When Mike isn't logged into the NWT backend, he's camping, climbing, hunting, fishing, or doing some combination of the four.

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