What Makes Successful Fly Fishing

Michael Maynard

Many people are familiar with bait and spin casting. It involves casting a lure on the end of a fishing line, hurling the weight and letting the line follow. Fly casting. However, a mean casting an almost weightless fly that is made of hair, thread, and feathers to a target and later presents the fly in a manner that imitates the natural source of food for fish. The line becomes the weight in fly casting, and the fly is only in for the ride Fly fishing is an art; it contains an innate beauty. It provides a sense of well-being and satisfaction that comes from standing on a shoreline or stream and casting a fly back and forth rhythmically. It brings a sense of belonging in nature and is in tune with the solitude of the outdoors.

The fly line moves through the air, unrolling, floating, and seemingly weightless and appears to defy the gravity law. Fly casting has a poetic nature of its own.

Fly fishing as a sport

To enjoy fly fishing as a sport, you must be aware and understand the cycle of nature, the food sources you are expected to imitate and the life cycle of the fish.

Taking your first step in fly fishing can be confusing, but you don’t need to be if you follow the steps below. What do you need? As a beginner in fly angling, you need not remortgage your house to get started. The basics to fly angling include a fly rod, polarized sunglasses, reel and line, tippet, snips, hats and only a few flies. This equipment will be enough to take you into the stream to start catching some fish. And with the competition in the market, you should be able to get the equipment for as less as $300.

Basic casting Fly casting involves casting almost weightless lures by utilizing a weighted fishing line. This feature differentiates fly fishing from other forms of fishing. While many think that it is the fishing of flies that constitutes fly fishing; it is the weight of the line and not the weight of the lure that carries the fish to the target.

Fly fishing different from other conventional fishing

Fly fishing differs significantly from the other traditional types of fishing in several ways, the most significant difference being the type of equipment used.

The standard rods used in spinning and casting are shorter than fly rods. In fact, there are fly rods that are as short as 6 feet in length, made for casting in tight spaces. A fly rod measures about 9 feet while the conventional rod measures a maximum length of 7 feet.

Essential equipment

Fly reels

Fly reels come in many sizes and materials. A good beginning reel should have an excellent drag system and match the rod size. The reels purpose is to hold the fly line, the leader, and tippet.

Backing is an inexpensive cord that connects the fly line to the reel and provides an extended line for fishing Fly lines

The best fly, to begin with, should be double tapered floating line

Leader and tippet

Choose a tippet size that will match the size of the fly and the fish you want to target


Flies are designed to imitate the aquatic insects at different life stages known as match the hatch. There are different types of flies

Dry flies imitate the mature insects that we find on the surface of the water Wet flies are meant to imitate the nymphs that live underwater

Streamers are made to resemble minnows Poppers resemble giant insects or frogs on the water surface that bass prefer

To begin fly fishing, you need to hold the rod with the hand that you can comfortably use to throw a baseball. For most fly fishers, the best-controlled grip is the one with the thumb on top. Holding the grip firmly is important so that the rod will not bounce back and the grip doesn’t rub on the hand and cause unwanted blisters. Next, you will need to take a stance about 45" from the direction facing the cast. This will allow you to view the back cast. Keep in mind that the back cast is as important as the forward cast and requires to be Watched When practicing fishing. Begin the basic stroke with your rod angled backward and the laying line on the lawn possibly in a straight line behind you. With your rod angled effectively, move your rod in a straight line for approximately 12 to 18 inches. As the rod moves forward, make sure to move your wrist forward to an eleven o’clock position, while on that position, stop the rod abruptly and allow the line to travel well past the tip of the rod. This action is meant to form a loop. The most difficult part for fly fishing is learning how to cast. With the information, we have provided you. However, we are hopeful that fishing will be a success for you.

Casting a sequence

1. Pick up

The rods start low, mostly pointing down. You will then lift the rod slowly and gently to about a 45-degree angle.

2. Back Cast

To get a perfect back cast, swing the rod sharply backward from the end of the pickup position. Use some limited force to snap the rod past vertical and then stop abruptly Turn your head around to Watch the lines straighten upwards and outwards.

3. Forward cast

After line straightens, you will rod forward smoothly

Stop the rod tip abruptly at about at about the same 45 degrees angle where you started the back cast. Remember that the quick stop is crucial.

4. Lay down As the line straightens out and begins to fall into the water, lower the rod tip with the line at the same time.

What makes successful fly fishing?

Success in fly fishing is all dependent on how you cast. Joan Wulff stated it better than anyone else. A Dif you are unaware of where the fish lie, but you can cast well to cover the water with unlimited finesse, then you are likely to catch an impressive amount of fish. If you are aware where the fish lies but cast wrongly, then you are unlikely to catch any fish.

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