The most effective technique of fly-fishing is here; Practice! If disappointed with this homily like suggestion and you want to disagree as violently as a bass or trout at the end of the hook, that’s fine. But, ask around, you will find that practice alone has been perfecting men and women, since time immemorial. But then of course, to practice, you need a few basics to start with.
The fly in fly-fishing is ‘copies of insects’ as Mary Orvis Marbury put it over a hundred years ago. It is an artificial lure to tempt the fish. Lure differs from the bait; bait is natural insects or aquatic animals, usually eaten by the fish. Typically, if you are using artificial lure, you are fly fishing. It is a favorite technique of sports fishing; you can catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, salmon, trout, and most other fish types, with this method.
In the earlier days, lure was made of tinsel, mohair or just a bit of silk. Nowadays, lures are made out of soft plastic, shiny metal or similar material. Why does the fish bother to swallow the lure? Because it thinks, that lure is food; and therefore, the lure must very effectively mimic the natural prey: in size, color and shape. ‘Best lure catches the most fish’ is the fly-fishing mantra.
Choose the appropriate size and shape based on where you are going to fish. In managed fishing ponds, smaller flies suffice since the fish too are smaller and lazier. The wild ones, in rivers and the sea, will ‘bite’ only if the fly is big enough. Online fly-fishing websites fly fishing stores, and clubs are good sources of information on fly types.
Fly fishing techniques and tackle have evolved into a kind of ‘flow chart. Each of the steps, each item of the gear is interdependent. It is a classic case of saying ‘the fly chooses the rod, the rod chooses the fly.’
Fly rods are classified by weight of the fly line that can be cast properly with the particular rod. Lightweight rods are 2-3 wt, medium fly-fishing rods are 4 to 5 wt and 6 to 14 wt are the heavy ones. The 5- 6-wt range rod is the most versatile of the lot, as it can be used to catch anything bigger than the smallest and smaller than the largest of the trout. Once you graduate to be a pro, 9-14 wt is helpful to fight the steelhead and salmon.
Learn the various techniques of tying the lure to the hook; clinch, nail, Albright, barrel, and surgeon’s knots are a few types. Then again, each fly fishing angler has his or her own favorite. Superior binding threads help to bind the ‘bass worm’ or lure securely.
Get good quality gaffs, glow beads, fish scales, fishing clothing and hats, jig heads, and the other tackle. Quality of each of these items contributes its own effective technique for success in Fly Fishing. If you consider these tips fly fishing will be fun.
Today’s guest post comes to us from David Jose. David is a vastly experienced writer. He often writes about Fly Fishing. He has a great understanding about Trout Fishing and deep sea fishing. He writes frequently for sites and magazines including Trout Unlimited.