I have been fly fishing for several years. I wish I had been able to talk with someone about what I would need to get started fly fishing.
Fly Fishing For Beginners What Do We Need To Know
This is a very good question because first, you need to decide which type of fly fishing you are going to do.
You can practice fly fishing in many different ways or styles. It is important to decide what will work well for you. Deciding which style you would use during fly fishing will help you decide on the right gear.
This even goes for the kind of water you are targeting and the fish species. Deciding on a style of fly fishing will save you a lot of frustration and disappointment. While deciding on this aspect, be aware of your level of expertise and interests
Table of Contents
So You Want To Learn To Fly Fish?
Wonderful! Fly fishing is a very fun and amazing sport and hobby. It will get you up close with the peace and serenity of the great outdoors. This will also provide you with the sporting challenge of being smarter than the FISH.
Fly fishing can sometimes seem quite overwhelming when you start but don’t worry. This Fly Fishing post is intended to teach you some of the basics.
Hopefully, it will give you the basic knowledge and tools to get out there and start fly fishing.
There are new terms, and the gear is different from traditional fishing and casting. Well, it’s not difficult, but getting it right does take lots of practice.
Many beginners get overwhelmed by the fly fishing basics and decide to just not start at all, which is unfortunate. Fly Fishing is certainly not a sport that you can just jump into one day and learn everything.
So don’t expect to start now and you coming home with loads of Rainbow Trout that same evening. You’ll have to spend some time getting to know your gear, and learn how to cast properly.
There are also things like spending time learning how to find the right fishing spots.
What basic gear do you need? You’ll need:
A fly rod. A fly reel. Your fly fishing line, which consists of some backing, fly line, leader, and a tippet. You are also going to need some flies to use instead of worms or spinners.
Don’t worry, we’ll explain all of this to you in a little while.
That’s it. With just these few items, you will be able to head out, fly fishing, and be successful.
We are going to talk about and go over all of the above-mentioned items.
There are far too many fly fishing beginners that don’t want to put a lot of money into the hobby. Especially at first, which I totally understand the biggest problems come when people buy cheap fly fishing gear.
They have a tendency to get frustrated because it breaks or it doesn’t perform well. The fly fishing gear can be the deciding factor on whether someone continues fly fishing or they call it quits.
Fly Rod and Fly Reel:
These two fly fishing gear items are some of the most important. They are the main components for all your other gear.
Fly rods range in price from around $50 to well over $1000. The prices vary based on the material the rod is made from, and the quality of its construction.
Fly rod’s also come in a variety of different weights and lengths. The rod that you need will depend on the type of fishing you’ll be doing.
I would recommend that you get a graphite fly rod, that is in the medium price range.
As with the fly rods, the fly reel prices vary as well. On the low end are plastic reels while inexpensive, I recommend that you stay away from these.
They don’t perform very well and break easily, and they don’t last very long. You want to get a metal fly reel.
One important thing to remember when purchasing a rod and reel is that they must be matched. This means that the fly rod’s weight must be matched to the reel’s weight in order to perform properly.
Here Is A Tip:
There are fly rods and reels that are available as combinations from most manufacturers. If you bought one, they’re already matched and you get a discount. This would be a very good buy
In the standard fishing set-up, there is only one line. It goes from the reel and goes all the way to the hook. Without some weight, it’s impossible to be able to make a long-distance cast.
Flying fishing is a bit different for a couple of reasons:
There is no weight on the end of the line, In fact, there is just a fly, which is very lightweight. In fly fishing, the weight will come from the line itself, this is why the fly line is much thicker.
Flying fishing is all about presenting the bait (the fly) on the water, without the fish recognizing that it’s attached to anything. This is where the leader and tippet will come into play.
The fly backing is used to fill up the reel which is called the Arbor. The backing is primarily used to provide extra length for a longer running fish.
The backing is often thick and brightly colored to help make it easy to see on the water. The backing is by far the longest portion of the line.
The fly line provides the weight when fly fishing the fly line is heavy and it is oftentimes brightly colored.
Leader and Tippet:
The Leader is used to transition from the thicker fly line to the thinner tippet. The leader usually starts thicker, to match the fly line, then it tapers down to a much smaller size.
The leader’s purpose is to keep the heavier fly line from “slapping” onto the water and scaring the fish. It also helps to make a nearly invisible transition to the tippet and the fly.
This also helps to keep the overall fly line from being seen by the fish. The most common leaders are generally about 9 or 10 feet.
The Tippet will then attach the fly to the leader. The tippet is attached to the fly at one end, and the leader on the other making it nearly invisible in the water.
This will allow the fly to be presented without any line being seen by the fish. The trick is trying to find the strongest, and yet hardest to see tippet on the market.
When you shop around for some of these items, you’ll notice they will come in many different sizes. The “right” size will depend on your rod, and the specific type of fishing you will be doing,
If you purchase a regular Rod and Reel combination, you don’t have to worry, as it comes ready to fish.
Go To A Fly Fishing Class:
If you can find a fly fishing class near you that might be very helpful for you. Some classes have a lot of benefits that will enhance your fly fishing expertise.
You might find a fly fishing class at Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, and other large fishing outlets in your area. You might want to check out fly fishing clubs in your area or a local college.
They can help you learn how to cast. They can help you pick the correct flies to use for the styles of fishing you are going to do. There are are a lot of other things that they can help you learn about fly fishing
- Learn how to tie the correct knots for each part of the class.
- Yes, there are different knots for tying the backing to the reel.
- There is a different knot for tying the line to the backing.
- Tie a different knot for the tippet to the line.
- Several different kinds of knots to tie the flies to the tippet.
The above is just to let you know that it is not just to buy a rod and reel and go fishing. If that is what you do you will probably get discouraged and give up.
I hope that you learn what you need to learn so that you and your family and friends can enjoy the great outdoors.
Fly Fishing Can Be Fun:
Do not get overwhelmed with what you are reading. Taking a class or knowing, or finding someone who knows something about fly fishing can be very helpful for you.
Next, you are going to have to decide which type of fly fishing you are going to do.
You need to decide if you are going to stream, or lake fish.
There is so much that you need to think about before you get started. It would probably be in your best interest if you happen to know someone who also fly fishes.
I wish there had been someone around when I started fly fishing it would have been very helpful.
This could be very helpful because maybe they could take you with them and let you try it. This can give you some idea of whether you would like it or not.
This could end up saving you lots of money and time in the long end. Just to go out and buy the equipment not knowing if you are going to like it or not.
The type of fly fishing that you are going to do makes a difference in your gear.
Stream And Lake Fishing:
There is stream fishing and lake fishing and they can both be very relaxing and enjoyable.
If you decide on stream fishing. Then you need to decide if you want to use dry flies on small creeks, ponds, and streams.
These usually have smaller fish than you would find in a bigger river or stream. I have fished small mountain streams for some great brookies they are lots of fun with a small 3 weight rod.
You can catch some great panfish in some of the smaller ponds as well.
You might want to use some dry flies, streamers, and nymphs on larger rivers and lakes or reservoirs. Sometimes you can usually find larger fish in these types of waters.
Either way, you decide to go remember you are not stuck with your decision you can always change. Either one of these are relaxing and enjoyable in the great outdoors.
Find the perfect spot
Now you’ve got your gear, and you’ve practiced your casting and you have the basics down pat. It’s time for you to find the perfect spot and head out for your first fly fishing trip.
Fly Fishing Location:
The perfect spot for you is often going to be your own personal preference. Most fisherman won’t share their favorite spot anyway because they don’t want other fly fishermen to show up. Chances are, you will find your own special places over time.
With that said, one good way to find some spots to fly fish in your area is to go to a local fishing shop and ask them. There might be other fly fishers there that might share their favorite spots with you.
You might also join local clubs, and Facebook has a number of fly fishing groups to join. These are places where you can learn about some great fishing spots in various areas.
The Perfect Spot For You Is:
Someplace that is fairly close to your home. This is so you can quickly get there after work and on the weekends.
Find many different fishing areas, so that you don’t have to compete with other fishers for space or the fish.
You want enough open space so you can cast without fear of getting your line tangled up in trees and brush
Make sure that it has scenery that you enjoy looking at, and enjoy being in.
Remember everyone has their own favorite spot, and a big part of the fly fishing journey is finding yours.