Fly Fishing Tackle

By: raptor

When we refer to fly fishing tackle, we are really talking about the tools and supplies you need to become an effective fly fisherman.  Tackle is basically the equipment you use to catch fish.  The basic tackle includes a rod, reel, line, and hooks and lures.  You will want to pay special attention to the type of tackle that you carry with you when you are on a fly fishing trip.
Your rod is your most important part of fly fishing tackle.  It will make or break your fishing trip.  Having the right rod for the right conditions is very important.  You need to take into consideration what you will be fishing for and where you will be fishing at.  The higher weight rod, the bigger the fish you can catch.  But you won't want to overdo it either.  Choose your rod carefully and practice using it.
Your line is also an important part of your fishing tackle.  Again, it will depend on what you are fishing for as to what strength of line you will be using.  You may have to switch in the middle of your fishing trip when you begin to find different types of fish.  Having a variety of lines available at your disposal will make your experience satisfying.
Fishing lines serve as the link between the angler's reel and the lure or bait. The most popular line used for sport fishing is monofilament nylon line, which is strong and durable and has a certain amount of stretch, which helps when an angler sets the hook. The line comes in a variety of strengths, from 2-pound test to more than 100-pound test. Pound test is the amount of pressure that can be put on a line before it breaks. Most monofilament is clear, making it difficult for fish to see.
There are many different types of fishing line available to you.  Choose the one that fits both your budget and your needs.
Of course, you will want to have many different types of flies and lures to bring the fish to your line.  What you are trying to do when fly fishing is to mimic the look and actions of the fish's natural food source.  If the fish in the area you are fishing are used to dining on may flies or caddis flies, you will want to have these types of lures to increase your chance of bagging the big one.
A fly is a special type of lure used in fly-fishing. Flies are made of feathers, hair, and plastics, which are wrapped around a hook and designed to imitate water insects such as mayflies and stoneflies, or land insects such as beetles or grasshoppers. They come in a variety of types: dry flies, which float and imitate adult aquatic insects; wet flies, which lie below the surface and imitate immature aquatic insects; nymphs, which resemble the larval stage of aquatic insects; and streamers and buck tails, which imitate small fish.
Having the right amount of tackle along on your fly fishing trip is important.  However, don't overdo it.  You may find yourself bogged down with way too much equipment which will make you uncomfortable.  A little research before your trip can go a long way and tell you about the type of fly fishing tackle you will need.

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