In case you’re thinking of giving fly fishing a try, you may find yourself perplexed by various problems such as selecting a lure, an appropriate rod and line, as well as learning the techniques required for this kind of fishing. This can, no doubt, be somewhat difficult for a beginner, but there are a few basic pointers you can follow that will make the learning process simpler and more gratifying.
The Perfect Lure
So, you’ve had a trip to the local fly store and picked out the lure appropriate for the fish you intend to catch. What you need to be mindful of is that it’s very likely you could cast that bait, and the fish still won’t bite. Casting that same bait over and over again isn’t very productive if the fish have shown no interest in it. Instead, have a couple of backups ready and throw one in after waiting for 5-8 minutes. Remember, fish can be much pickier and smarter than we expect. Here is a look at some of the lures.
The Bigger The Fish, The Bigger The Rod
It’s important to use a fly rod appropriate for the size of the fish you’re going for. For example, 4-6 rods are good for average-size trouts, but if you’re fishing for something bigger, such as largemouth bass, it’s best to use a heavier 5-9 rod. Feisty or heavy fish require a rod that can withstand their weight and the force or their pull. Weather conditions and the size of the body of water are also an important factor: stiffer winds and larger bodies of water require heavier rods for casting to be possible.
Practice First, Fish Later
Perhaps you already have a perfect fishing spot in mind, and are just itching to get out there and start fishing. Don’t do that. At least not before you’ve done enough practicing to be sure casting won’t be a major issue. It’s easier and less frustrating to practice your casting on land first, and you can even do it right in your backyard. Make sure to get those standard and roll casts right – there are plenty of instructional videos online, but it’s even better if you have someone experienced in fly fishing to show you.
Know Your Fish
Gather as much information as you can on the fish you’re looking to catch. Not only their size and weight, but also their behavior, where they like to hide and how easily they spook. Analyze the water and figure out which spots the fish usually gather in, and if there are any objects making a break in the current or likely to be hiding spots for the fish, cast there first. It pays to strategize rather than cast blindly and hope for fish to happen by your lure.