Fly fishing is one of the world’s oldest fishing styles and is a hugely popular angling method around the world. Moreover, due to its reliance of technique, fly fishing is also considered an extremely challenging sport. In fly fishing, the bait used is actually a light-weight lure or artificial fly that usually looks like insects. The fly needs to be cast onto the water and not under the surface of the water using the rod, reel, line and leader. This requires specially weighted lines. In fly fishing, the angler snaps the line back and forth causing the light wait bait to glide on the surface of the water and trick the fish.
The list below includes some of the most key tips to improving your fly fishing experience:
Casting Is Your Passport To Being A Good Angler
You have got to be able to cast well and put the fly where it needs to go and as with everything else in life, practise makes perfect! Practise your technique by using a crude fly.
Doing your research about the right type of fly to use in those particular waters is important. Asking the local fishermen about this is recommended. One can find out for themselves too by dragging a dip net across the water to find out about the nymphs or surface insects present. The colour of the fly is also very important and if it fails to look like the insects that the fish in the area are actually used to, the fly may not work.
Adjust With The Season And Weather Conditions
The general rule to follow is light coloured flies are for the summer and darker flies are for the spring and fall. In summer, fishing when the water is cool like in the morning or evening can be done as the fish will be more active in these times. If the fish are attracted to the wet flies or nymphs, using heavy weighted flies in dark colours like black or olive can be a great idea.
Fish often hide in vertical or undercut banks, behind obstructions in the current like rocks. Fishing in these parts of the water is obviously a good idea
Watch The Rise Of Fish
Observing the fish behaviour is very important so that the angler can figure out the rise of the fish. Certain flies can make fish rise with large, loud splashes while normal rises make medium to large sized dimples in the water. Small dimples indicate that the fish might be feeding under the surface of the water.
There is much more to the art of fly fishing. But these are some of the most important tips to consider while fly fishing. Good luck!