Enjoy your surroundings
The first basic rule of fly fishing is just to enjoy all of the amazing surroundings. Whether you’re fishing a lake a stream or a river, take a look around and take in the wonder that is the amazing outdoors. I always think when I am out fishing that I am privileged to be on the water and I am part of the lucky few that are able to enjoy this great sport. Me and my fishing buddies have a saying “It was just nice to get our feet wet” Take advantage of the outdoors and hopefully you will be lucky enough to catch some fish.
Basic equipment needed
Fly fishing equipment can be intimidating at first. All you really need though is a quality rod, reel and fly line, this will get you started fishing, all the other gear will come along as you progress. Its important to remember that you don’t have to buy the most expensive equipment out there but It does need to be quality. Quality gear will help to make casting easier and fishing more enjoyable, Click here for our suggestions about quality rods and reels, fishing is fun, keep it simple and enjoy.
Take advantage of the information out there
It may be obvious, but YouTube has some amazing instructional videos that truly take a lot of the guess work out of basic casting as well as understanding where fish may be holding and waiting for their lunch to float by.
Go to the local fly shop, if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby, I have found that the people that work at fly shops are there because the love to fish and with that they also love to talk about fishing. Make friends and ask questions, you will find that they are happy to help not only about fishing gear but more importantly about what is fishing well and what hatches are going on as well as what fly patterns are working the best. I seriously popped into a fly shop, that I had meant to visit, the other day and ended up spending over an hour talking to the staff. We exchanged knowledge and fishing stories and I left learning something about one of our local river hatches that I wasn’t aware of. I’ve been fishing for over thirty years and am still learning about this great sport.
Practice and repetition
With any sport you need to practice, practice, repeat and practice some more. I suggest going out in the back yard or the park or even a school yard, when the kids are out of school of course, and practice trying to hit a target say twenty to thirty feet away. You will gain confidence as well as understanding about your abilities when you get on that river and are actually casting to a fish.
Don’t get overwhelmed
Remember that fly fishing is not easy but it’s so much fun. There are a lot of moving pieces and parts involved and they are not always the same from day to day. Weather, temperature, water flows, wind, time of day and even the phase of the moon all come into play regarding fish behavior and eating patterns. Do not, I repeat, do not let any of this distract you from a fun day on the water. I’ve tried to study moon phases, hatch charts, temperature and water flow changes through my fishing career and for the life of me I still can’t figure it all out completely. Just enjoy the time on the water whether it’s with you and the family, you and your buddies or just you. Have fun! get your feet wet and make memories. Don’t worry about the small stuff Just enjoy the day, your family and your friends.
Keep these fly fishing basics in mind and you are sure to, not only, have a great time but hopefully catch a nice creel of fish. Keep in mind that fishing doesn’t necessary mean catching, fishing is fishing, it’s not a guarantee. Enjoy the time out there and make some memories, have fun and give respect to the great outdoors.
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