Thinking about taking up fly fishing

fly fishing8Having done my own share of saltwater and freshwater fishing, I have found another way to ditch work: do some fly fishing. Aside from getting myself a great pair of polarized sunglasses to help me spot fish, I have also done a decent amount of research to help me along. First, I went online and found some advice on the gear I need and don’t have: fly fishing reels.

From their website and from here I also have found out that I should fish midday, with the sun high overhead for the greatest advantage. This is especially important for learning to spot the fish so I can understand their movements better, as well as their feeding habits and preferred lies. The high midday sun will produce little glare out in the water so I can see easily into the lake or river. Thus, when I begin to fish early and late, I can go where the fish actively feed based on the information I’ve gathered on learning to spot them.

Approaching the stream has to be done meticulously, with no stomping of the feet. Keeping low, I try to walk gently, fly fishing4maybe even crawling or squatting especially if the fish get spooked too easily. I try to stay in the shade as much as possible. If I wade, I do it extremely slowly so the ripples created are really small and close to my feet. I focus on the streambed to find the shadow of the fish. I am well aware that even the most experienced fisher-and my years out in the water and on my fishing boat can certainly attest to that-can have a challenging time spotting the actual fish in its lie. Looking for the shadow of the fish is the best way to spot them since trout have this exceptional ability to blend in with their aquatic environment.

Oh yeah, I have also learned how to read a stream, very important for finding and catching fish I don’t see. This allows me to determine the kind of habitat the fish are most likely to gravitate towards at certain times of the day, whether at rest or while on active feeding. Fish usually make their dwelling in a slower current so they can conserve vital energy. Look for the junction between two currents where there’s a gentle seam, or behind and in front of rocks. Boulders offer feeding opportunities and protection for them, so check out the ones rising out of the water surface to create a pocket of slow-moving water. In addition, you can also let the fish swim into the shallows to feed. You can also try fallen and submerged trees, where the fish find good habitats because of the slack current.

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You can get started catching fish by fishing streamers, which require less finesse and delicacy in terms of presentation and when compared to nymph or dry fly fishing. Fishing streamers needs a special skill set but does reward you with fantastic trophy catches. Streamers are primarily utilized to mimic juvenile game fish, minnows and other baitfish that the larger species are attracted to. Streamers offer a great option when the weather and the water won’t let you fish other flies, offering the necessary incentive for big fish that are nearly always feeding.

For streamers or big flies that sink quickly and give natural swimming patterns, along with other fly fishing equipment that will help you land that trophy catch, here’s an exceptional website that lists nearly everything you need. Also you could check out this cool YouTube series if you’d like to tie your own flies.