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Fly fishing is quickly becoming the biggest craze in the fishing world. There may be more effective and glamorous ways to catch fish, such as with spinning reels, fancy rods, and roaring boat motors but there is something special about the simplicity of fly fishing that is gaining more and more followers. Fly fishing, while difficult at times, is a very straightforward experience. All you have is your rod, your line, a small, simple reel, and the fish you are after. There are no fancy tricks or techniques, all you have to do is fool the fish into feasting on your fly.
Your equipment, no matter what method of fishing you are using, is your best friend. Fly rods need to be assembled right as well as selected with the right length and weight depending on the species of fish you will be targeting. Fit each piece of your rod snug together and tight, making sure each piece is in the proper location. You can now string up your rod. Once your reel is attached, pull off some line and walk it up the rod to the very tip. You can now attach a fly or streamer to the end of the line, now that the entire fly-fishing rod is correctly set up. Another important factor to keep in mind when it comes to fly-fishing equipment is what you wear. Most fly fishermen do not wear bright colors or hats that the fish they are targeting might be able to see. Most fish can see very well, so wearing dark or earth tones can help you not spook fish as easily. Layering your clothes can also help keep you comfortable as the weather can and does change while fishing.
Before starting to fish, there are also some basic safety precautions that should be followed. Fly fishing can be a very exciting and addictive sport, but without proper gear and preparation it can be very dangerous. Always know where you are going and know the waters you will be fishing, a little homework will go a long ways in not only staying safe but being successful. You should also check the weather before heading out, as nothing can change a situation to the worse than unexpected weather systems. You should also only wade when necessary. Wading can help you reach better areas where fish are hiding, but use precaution as it can impact other aquatic creatures and creates a huge slipping hazard. Lastly, wear sunglasses. This not only helps you see fish under the water better, it will also protect your eyes from accidental casts and hooks near your face.
Casting is the most important skill when it comes to fly fishing. Finding a mentor can really help you learn a lot quicker, but nothing will help you master the skill like practicing as much as possible. Always keep a tight, firm grip on your rod. Remove and extra slack from your line, and point your body towards where you want the fly to go. You can alternate how big the loop is by how fast you move your rod while casting. When starting out, practice shorter casts as long casts usually require a lot more practice. It may be difficult at first, but with enough practice anyone can start casting and gaining the confidence needed to place a fly exactly where they want to.
While there are many different methods used for catching fish all around the world, nothing is more exciting or challenging that fly fishing. That could be the reason it is gaining popularity, and why so many fishermen will recommend this method. By using the right equipment and plenty of practice, you could catch the fish of a lifetime by using a fly.