Have you ever dreamed of flying and reaching out to the skies? Imagine what it feels like to be an eagle soaring high, spreading your wings and looking down on the beauty of the land. Do you ever wonder what it feels like to take on the wind and have a glimpse of freedom?
A lot of people engage themselves in fish because it’s fun, exciting, and relaxing. You love fishing not only for a sport but because you get that comfort and that pillow-like experience of smoothness and relief. In fishing, you can have the time alone that you can spend for meditation, soul searching, or to just simply clear your mind and unwind.
What if there’s a way that you can do both to fly and fish? That will be one of the most incredible and awesome experiences in the world. So, is it really possible? Well, yes, it is!
Indulge to Fly
Fly fishing is one of the outdoor sports that you can do aside from the usual and common outdoor activities such as jogging around the city park and biking. The latter activities are a bit stressful due to the noise of vehicles roaming around, and you can’t help but get tired, not just because of the sweat and the energy you lose as you exercise but by the atmosphere that you always see are the same view when you get your jog-routine. Also, the air that you breathe may not be as fresh as compared to when you are in the beautiful and dashing rivers of Montana or at the prestigious lakes and mountains in Alaska.
Some outdoor activities may also require you to be on a group like a soccer and basketball. Though it’s fun to be around with people and tie a knot for new friendships, sometimes you need to have that time for yourself, alone. If you’re used to camping, mountain climbing, hiking and canoeing; and you’re bored with these activities already; discover a great way to start something new and connect yourself with nature.
Believe You Can Fly!
Anyone can do fishing and you must also believe in yourself that you can do fly fishing too! Fly fishing offers a great blithesome experience of solitude. You won’t literally fly doing fly fishing but you’ll definitely have that heaven bound stellar experience that when you’re at it, you’ll soar high above cloud nine!
Although this type of fishing follows the basics and principles of fishing, it is not that simple because fly fishing requires skills and a lot of practice. And your basic knowledge in fishing may help you but may not be enough to get you to fly fish effectively.
Pilot Your Way to Success
It’s true that fly fishing is not that easy as counting one, two and three. But if you’re eager to learn and know more about it, you can count on that you’ll be guaranteed a success and whole lot of fish to catch! There may be a lot of things going through your mind on how to start to fly fishing.
So, to get you started, there are five basic tools that should be inside your starter pack.
How do you choose a rod that is the best suit for fly fishing? You don’t want to just pick a rod that you see being displayed on the shelves of your local tackle shop when you visit them. There’s a difference between a general or traditional rod that you usually see on tackle shops and on a fly rod. Aside from the length, on which fly rods and longer, the basis on how to choose makes the difference between the two. That is why it is very important to specifically ask your trusted tackle seller or manager for a fly rod when you plan to fly fishing.
Fly rods are designed to bend in a specific way where you can put the fly chosen and land it on the place where you want it to be. The bending does not only generate energy and makes your fly rod loaded as what fly anglers call it. It also allows you to play a fish without breaking your leader.
There are two other basic things that you also need to know about fly rods. One, fly rods need to come to a very abrupt stop. This is important as this will transfer the energy from the rod into the line getting that line to roll out. The second thing that you need to get the fly rod to do is to get its tip move in the straightest line possible.
Many say that ‘Once an Angler, Always an Angler!’ So, you don’t want to forget the basics that you know for you to dig into that honey and successfully catch in big. You must always have a clear view of what you want to fish, its size, where you want to fish and when should you fish.
Unlike any other fishing, choosing the best fly rod size depends on the line size. It is because the line provides the weight to get the fly to where you want it to strike and not the lure itself. The fly line makes the rod bend properly which allows you to throw your fly. Fly lines also determine your casting distance or on how far you can cast.
The best fly rod won’t also cost you a lot of bucks! For starters, you can find a good fly rod that can perform great casting distance, has a good quality material, durable and strong for an amount of $200. Fly rods line weight usually ranges from 0 to 14. Weights that are from 0 to 3 are used to small trout and panfish species. These rods come in shorter lengths and are good for close-quarters type, small stream and brush type rivers.
Middle line weights (4-7) are applicable to almost any fish species. It is an all-around weight that can also be used in different fishing locations. Longer rod weights of 8 to 10 is best used in large and heavier fish species while 11 to 14 fly rod line weight are best used on brutes like Swordfish and Tarpan in saltwater.So, don’t get yourself fooled. A good start will be picking up a 9 ft in length and a 4 ft or 5 ft fly line.
Are you looking for a bigger species of Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, or maybe a Pike? Here is a guide on which fly rod size to use and where to look for hot spots to catch these species.
Largemouth Bass are often found in slower, weedier, deeper sections of rivers, floating logs, roots, fallen trees and weed beds. An 8ft fly rod is best used to get this bass out of the water. On the other hand, Smallmouth Bass can tolerate faster-moving waters, currents, and likes to hang out behind and in front boulders, rocks, rock ledges and bank. Like the Largemouth, they also find it attractive to cover around fallen trees and logs. A 6ft to the 7ft fly rod is best for these goodies.
However, you find Pike and Muskies to be more interesting. These brutes are known to be rude, aggressive predators that they are called to be the “sharks” of freshwater. They have a lightning fast strike and are known for their explosive fighting abilities which make it a very popular sports fish in the waters of Canada, Europe, and the United States.
They’re the biggest and one of the most exciting and challenging fish to chase because they’re really difficult to tame. During spring, they are found on shallow bays, lakes, and rivers, also on large flats adjacent to deep waters. During summer and fall, they are tougher to locate as they tend to move towards deeper water. You can also look for ambush points like weed beds and definable points and breaks where you can use a 8 to 10 wt fly rod, although you can also use a 9 wt fly rod which is most popular used by Pike anglers.
Although this is not of primary importance but once you level up your skills in fly fishing, you would want to take advantage of the reel’s drag system especially in targeting large fish species and if you want to go fish on saltwater. At the moment, just choose a reel that will match the weight of your fly rod, a reel that has good balance and you won’t go wrong.
Fly Line and Backing
As said, the fly line is one of the most important things that you should have when you begin to fly fishing. Remember fly lines cast the fly: the weight of the line corresponds to the weight of the rod. It is essential because it plays a role with the rod size that you want to use. There are different fly lines that you can buy out there. The two common types are floating and sinking lines. But for you, a weight forward line would be the best to use as these are easy to learn and easier to use.
Purchase a new fly line at the beginning of the early fishing season. Before using or before you begin, stretch it out and smoothed your fly line and leader by removing the memory coils. One way to keep it for a long time is to clean your lines frequently especially after you use it. A five-minute clean-up is worth your time and will prevent you to spend extra cash in buying new lines.
The problem with running out of line? You don’t have to worry and keep the fight up! Get yourself a backing. A backing becomes handy when you’re at a fish fight and your line is almost out. Backing gives you additional yards of line around 200 yards or more. Moreover, fly lines don’t allow a layer to go below which causes the line to get caught with the hand spool. With backing, you won’t have tangle issues.
Get a Leader
The first person to unite a team is the leader. The same is true for fly fishing and you’ll need one! So, a leader is what’s between the end of a fly line and a fly. This is what connects the two. It is made from a regular monofilament line tapered to present the fly properly. It allows you to straighten your line and enables you to cast effectively. One tip in using your leader is to straighten it by pulling several lines through your fingers.
You want to have that edge among a group of fly fishing beginners. All you have to do is practice your knot! One of the easiest knots to use is the clinch knot. And awesome anglers like you may already be experts in this field. Here’s a new skill to try, learn and practice the surgeon’s knot.
So how to do the surgeon’s knot? First get your tippet and leader. Then tie the tippet to the end of your leader. Next is to use a triple overhaul which only means you need to pass both ends of the leader through the loop three times. Simple and easy!
Dance and Fly
You want a well-assorted flies right inside your pack. You can choose different fly patterns such as dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. They are usually made from feather, fur, and synthetics. A fly is important because this is what attracts the fish. It attracts the fish and fools it to take a bite and get hooked.
If you desire for a bass or any fish species and you want to get their attention then you better make your fly pattern make it look like something alive. You can explore what species of insects, frogs, and other forages that is thriving around the area and on what time and season they are prolific to help you get an idea of what fly to use and on how to imitate them. Using the fly is pretty simple. The key to getting your bass is to do the dance.
Fly fishing is the venue for solitude that requires skills, tons of practice and a whole lot of patience. One of the things that you’ll enjoy about it is the art of casting. Casting for a beginner will be one of the challenges that you are going to go through. And allotting time for practice is the key to surviving fly fishing. As you practice, you’ll get to feel more relaxed, you develop the feel of when to release the line and you’ll increase your casting efficiency.
Another thing that can get you on the lead is to take a splash and feel the water. You want to do this not just for fun but to take note of the water temperature. When the temperature is too hot or too cold, it will be tough for you to find or even catch one fish. It will give you a sign if it’s your lucky day to go fishing or if it’s better to go home and spend more time for practice or just prepare your fly gear for the next outing.
Fly like a Boss!
You don’t need a lot of tools to gear you up and start fly fishing. You only need five things and just keep it simple. Fly fishing is a worthwhile and ineffable experience. An outfit is never necessary because you can get wet, wild and crazy while enjoying prestigious landscape and fresh air. It will make you absolutely nuts and will ultimately take you to the sky!