The Best Easy Fly Fishing Tips To Get Started
Want to learn more about fly fishing? Are you also just starting out? Read on my friend; this article can help you out!
One of my favorite pastimes is fly fishing. They say it has been used ever since the dawn of time! I always go to my dad whenever I wanted some excellent fly fishing tips, and now that I’ve mastered it, we want to share them with you!
We’re going through some quick and easy tips, so I’ll make it sound as basic as possible to help beginners out as well. These are my four best starting tips for the greatest fly fishing experience!
Use The Right Kind Of Fly
# Bonus Tip: Dressing The Fly
These lures look just like insects or bugs – as almost all sorts of fish eat these, then it boils right down to using the best one to entice them!
There are two types of flies, the dry fly, and the wet fly. The dry fly is amply named as it remains on the surface and stays “dry” most of the time. And, you guessed it; a wet fly is one that remains just below the surface or gets underwater, hence “wet.”
“Trails” YouTube channel shows a wonderfully detailed video about flies! Here it is:
- Check the kind of insects around
My father always checks to see what kind of bugs are around to see what the fish are biting and he wants to match that with the fly we’re using, it gets us more to catch and this is a necessary, useful tip! Check the color, shade, wings, etc.
- Wet or dry?
When it’s warm, fish go deeper so use wet flies. Inversely, during cold weather more insects come into the surface so you can also use dry flies then. Nymphs, a kind of wet fly, is my lure of choice and my favorite, I caught so many with it!
- Dressing the fly
If you’re using a surface or dry fly, make sure you “dress” it or coat it with a solution that makes it float. (these a are available at a very affordable price in the store) because if you don’t, after a few casts a dry fly that’s exposed to water can sink if it’s not dressed!
Learn The Perfect Cast
# Bonus Tip: Shooting The Line
- Weighted Line
The lure used in fly fishing is close to weightless, so to make up for it and be able to cast accurately, a unique weighted line is used. This line isn’t necessarily that hard; it merely has more weight, enough for it to be swung around for a cast and be able to hold its own when battling fish.
If you’re looking for the latest in best fly lines, check out this link
“Chris Myers” YouTube channel correctly teaches us the basics of casting in his incredible video here!
As you can see, the perfect cast needs some, if not a lot of practice to master. Captain Myers video instructs how to do the cast.
- A rock and forth motion is right, instead of a simple overhead cast, swipe your hand back and forth trying to form a figure 8 or a letter “D.”
- The “dipping in paint” motion as if you’re dipping a paintbrush and whipping as much paint behind you as instructed in the video is a great imaginative way to perfect the movement.
- “Shooting the line” requires that you hold the line with the other hand, and in a fluid and steady motion, while your rod is backed up by power (or is bent slightly due to the momentum) whip out the line while releasing it from your hold. Long distance casting is a great way to reach fish.
A good video on shooting the line is presented by YouTube channel “The Orvis Company” here:
Moving The Fly
# Bonus Tip: Fast Or Slow?
Here’s an important tip to learn when you’ve finally mastered your catch. You will have to get to let that fly dance and move to seduce the fish to bite!
Moving is best done in still or stagnant waters, and depending on your fly, it takes some special tugging and feeling to make that lure will look like the real thing. Again, the best way to know whether or not to go fast or slow is to observe your surroundings. Mimic the insects around as much as you can.
Some bugs move slowly on the water surface or crawl underneath it. Go slow if you observe this.
- If you’re going slow and steady:
(1) Hold the rod firmly with your dominant or casting hand with your index finger serving as a primary guide, like a mechanical lock that will open or close to allow the line to go through or stop. (2) Pull with slow and short intervals around 2-4 inches with your other hand when drawing the line.
Making this motion will make that lure appear to cruise slowly on the surface, or move at a crawling pace underwater. Fish will get to see this better as it will tend to stay in their line of sight or get detected easier because of the slow movement.
However, some bugs also rapidly jump from one place to another, which usually manifests on surface water adult insects.
- If you’re going fast and jumpy:
Repeat step (1) same as in going slow and steady. Instead of pulling, in short, slow intervals of 2-4 inches, make it around 5-8, longer or shorter depending on how far you want the lure to “jump” and do it with a firm jerk tug, which will propel the lure a bit.
Performing this motion will make the lure seem as if it’s flying and jumping around in the water, enticing the fish with a realistic feel of a larger, more adult prey.
Dry lures are usually used for this manner of moving around. Make sure to go fast enough to make it look authentic, but also keep the speed at a pace that will allow the fish to detect the lure.
YouTube channel “Chris Myers” shows us his excellent step by step way of moving the lure in his video here:
# Bouns Tip: Reeling In The Fish
When you’ve cast your line and landed your fly where you want to, getting a bite and reeling in is another story! Fly reels, fishing gear are also unique.
- Fly Reel
As seen, the reel also has a different look and feel. These are designed to carry the specialized weighted lines and spool in and out quickly.
For some high-quality fly reels used in fly fishing, they can be found here
When a fish grabs that fly you still need to “set the hook” to attach the hook to the fish’s mouth. It is essential, as a wrong setting will either let you lose the fish; drop the fly, or both.
A gentle but firm tug upwards is all you need to get the hook in place. It’s important not to overdo it. Raise your rod slightly above your shoulder level and let it face up – do this quick and secure, like a grappling hook trying to latch into a stable place.
The Orvis Company also has a great video tutorial to help you see how it’s done; it also provides an excellent way to reel in the fish or fight it:
Remember to use the lower end of the rod for power when fighting and not the part near the tip; doing so gives you more strength and less strain.
There you have it! Now, once you’ve got everything, you can try out the best fly-fishing spots in Colorado here!
Did you enjoy and find the article helpful? Right from the outset, I knew fly fishing was going to be one of my favorites. I hope it will soon become yours, too!
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