Fly fishing is a past time that has been around for a very long time. Fishermen all over the world are brought closer together through wading into cool streams and flipping that little fly back and forth. There is something almost magical about fly fishing. When you are on the water and at one with nature, you can easily find yourself trying to figure out the meaning of life. Some find it to be just a hobby like any other, but to most it is much more than that. Fly fishing is generational.
Fly fishing goes much deeper than the equipment and the techniques. Those are important but the real value is in the time spent with friends or alone contemplating the various things that make up our lives. Sometimes it is simply about turning off our bodies and minds and spending time with the fish.
Speaking of the fish, they are the real stars of this show. Trout species of every size, shape and color dot the fly fisherman’s dreams, and a day on the stream is a day in Paradise to most.
How do I fish?
The first thing you need to remember is that fly fishing is very unique to the individual. There are plenty of people out there that say the basic this and the basic that. Having been around many fly fishermen, I can tell you there is no basic anything. You have to find the technique that works for you.
The bottom line is to get the fly out in front of the trout and ready to be eaten. This is equal parts casting skill, knowledge and equipment. The casting skill can’t be taught here in a little article. It is getting out there and practicing on a regular basis, You will find the method that works for you.
The knowledge part is very important too. First you want to ask yourself what type of fish are you going after. Not all trout, for example goes after the same type of fly. One easy to way to do this is to get a net and cast it out in the various depths of the river. Cast once on the surface shallows, once half way down and once on the bottom. You can observe the top to see what is there and what might be feeding on it. The top biting trout is usually in hot weather because the insects rise during that time. Evenings can do the same due to mosquitoes.
Once you have netted the fishing area, look at the various insects or bugs that were caught. Were they caught down low? Up high? What kind are they? Wherever those bugs are, you can bet the trout are there as well. Match the bugs to the depth and you have a pretty good idea of what you need to fish and where.
What kind of fish can be fished in this way?
By far, the various species of trout are the main fish that fly fishermen pursue. It is not remotely the only type of fish that can be pursued in this manner. Because the equipment can be made for large or small fish, some anglers will go out and try to land marlin or sharks. Freshwater fish like bass, crappie and catfish are all game as well.
Rainbow trout are the primary stars for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is because of availability and fighting appeal. The rainbow trout is plentiful and powerful in all its sizes.
What types of water are ideal for fly fishing?
Fly fishing is done in virtually every single body of water on the planet by someone. If there are fish in the water, then fly fishing can likely catch them with enough skill and patience. The most common areas are in rivers, streams and areas where water is moving. This is due to the fact that the trout like to hide in the various cracks and crevices and the moving water helps to get the insects all stirred up. Lakes and even ponds are good areas to go fly fishing as well.