Sensible Fly Fishing Secrets - What's Needed

By: Craner Fackler

There are almost as many different ways to 'go fishin'' as there are fish. However, you will discover that fly fishing can be extremely gratifying. One benefit of fly fishing is that you get to visit regions that are untouched by the modern world - some of nature's most breathtaking areas. You also have the choice of fly fishing in fresh water or salt water. The focus of this article will be on some of the basic skills and equipment you need to succeed at fly fishing.

Learning the fishing habits in the area you want to fish, is the first thing you should do, because the last thing you want to do is to fish in a place where there are no fish. Fishermen are always building up their fish stories, so you shouldn't have any problems getting people to talk to you. Go into the nearest fly shop or tackle shop and strike up a conversation with the owner or sales person. Since you are planning on going fishing, it shouldn't be any problem to buy something, hoping to get some good information in return. While experienced fly fishers may not divulge their secret fishing location to someone new, they'll most likely be happy to give you some basic tips. With as many places to fish at some locations, people probably will tell you some good spots, along with what the fish are biting. Some times it is amazing the things you can find out by asking relevant questions when you are buying something. What makes a person good at fly fishing is knowing the right bait, and the willingness to change when one is not working. The fly can become deformed, causing it to not float well, and this can make having the fish bite less likely. To keep your fly fishing effective, you need to keep the tippet from becoming tangled up with the fly and hook. Various materials from the water can cause a problem by getting wrapped around the fly or the hook, and you won't be catching any fish when that happens. For this reason, you should take a close look at your tippet and fly every few casts to make sure everything is in good working order.

The fly fishing lures you use will have a lot to do with how successful you are. Don't forget that when the fish come towards the surface to eat, they will only go after your fly if it resembles the normal insects they are used to finding at that time of day. This will vary quite a bit based on where you're fishing, the time of year it is, and the kind of fish you want to catch. Take a pre-trip to the area you plan to fish in and make note of the flies that are buzzing around. Pay attention to their color and what they look like. In any event, your selection of lures should be diverse enough to accommodate any changes in the situation in which you find yourself, and should match the season and type of live flies that are prevalent in the area.

To be successful, subscribe to some fly fishing magazines or read some books on fly fishing, to keep your skills sharpened and learn new tactics. If you want to be an expert fly fisher, you have to learn the habits of the fish and what it is that makes them bite. Just showing up with your pole and expecting to catch a fish will get you nowhere. Luckily, you will derive many hours of fun and pleasure as you learn and practice fly fishing.

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