The Importance of Setting the Hook When Fly Fishing

The sport of fly fishing consists of many specialized skills that come together in a delicate balance of rhythm and precision. Setting the hook is one of those specialized skills. Many times the techniques for setting the hook are neglected by fly fishermen who spend many hours practicing and reading about casting and fly tying skills. Unlike many of the skills of fly fishing, it is almost impossible to practice setting the hook without a live fish on the end of your fly line. The first step in a successful hook actually begins when you tie your fly, either at home or on the river bank. It is very important to make sure that your hooks are razor-sharp. A dull …

The History of Fly Fishing

No one really knows when fly fishing first began. It is believed that it existed long ago in ancient times. One of the earliest written references to fly fishing was made by Claudius Aelianus. In 200 AD he wrote of people that were fishing in a river with a hand made fly. He described how they attached red wool and feathers to a hook. The rods they used and the sting attached were each about six feet long. These people were the ancient Macedonians. Throughout history from Aelianus to the present people have been writing about fly fishing, and many thousands of others have been enjoying the sport. The Princess of Soapwell, English, was an avid fly fisherman. Her name …

The Five Main Types of Fly Fishing Flies

Although there are hundreds of types of flies used for fly fishing, most of them fall into five specific categories, or types. These types are dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, streamers and buck tails, and terrestrials. The main purpose of the fly is to imitate an insect that the fish wants to eat. A dry fly imitates a natural insect that is floating on the top of the water. Fish are very sensitive to any motion of their water and how currents move the insects they want for food. In fly fishing, if a dry fly is moving even slightly against the current, the fish will have nothing to do with it. The fly may look like something the fish …

The Etiquette of Fly Fishing a Stream

Fly fishing can be enjoyed by everyone. It transcends all the boundaries associated with age, status, or wealth. Stream fly fishing is known as a gentle sport and that should be reflected in our stream manner and etiquette. For the most part, the rules of stream etiquette are nothing more then good old common sense. However, they might entail things that have been forgotten, or that a beginner might not think of while fly fishing. One of the most important things to remember is not to crowd another fisherman. Sometimes the temptation is very strong to fish the same water where someone is catching a lot of fish, but that is as rude and inconsiderate as someone cutting into a …

The Best Fly Fishing Trip Money Can Buy

When money is no object, you have so many options when planning a fly fishing trip. Maybe you’ve saved up your money and now are ready to experience the ultimate fly fishing trip. You don’t even have to leave the country to get the best fly fishing trip money can buy. But if you want an amazing experience, you will want to consider an international fly fishing trip. There is a great book on the market right now titled The Best Fly Fishing Trips Money Can Buy. It was written by a world renowned fly fisherman named Pat Ford who has achieved sixteen fly rod world records. He has been fly fishing for years and was eager to share his …

Texas Fly Fishing

Fly fishing in the state of Texas doesn’t have the common popularity as a location of choice when it comes to experienced fly fishers. Many people think the rivers and streams of classic mountain country are the better choices. The truth is that you can find some amazing fly fishing in Texas – when you know where to go. Texas contains approximately 80,000 miles of rivers and streams, comprising forty-one major waterways. These waters range from clear, fast-flowing hill country streams to turbid, slow-moving bayous. Fishing success often slows on Texas reservoirs during the summer, but may remain excellent on Texas rivers. Rockport, Texas, is a great place to fly fish in salt water. There are seven major bay systems …

Stream Fly Fishing for Trout – Know Their Holding Lies

When fly fishing for trout it is especially important to understand the various types of trout lies. Trout take up their positions, or lies, based on a set of three of their basic needs when they are in moving water. These needs are shelter from a constant current, protection from predators, and the need for adequate food. Swimming against a strong current can be very tiring for a trout. Therefore, they look for shelter from the current which is their first need. Sometimes the trout rest behind objects in the water, such as a large rock, which breaks the current. But most of the time trout stay in holding lies that are close to the current. They want to be …

Specialized Clothing for Fly Fishing

Compared to outdoor clothing for camping or hunting, clothing designed for fly fishing is somewhat specialized. Fly fishermen spend time partly on land and partly in the water, making their clothing needs somewhat unique. The special items needed for fly-fishing includes waders, a fishing vest, rain gear, underwear, polarized sunglasses, gloves, and a hat. For fly fishing, hip or chest waders are just about essential. Hip waders are good for fishing in small streams but have there limitations. Chest waders that go up above the waist are the best for almost all fly fishing situations. Chest waders come in two types. Boot-foot waders, in which the boot is an integral part of the wader, and stocking-foot waders, which require a …

Selecting Your First Balanced Fly Fishing Outfit

If you have decided to start fly fishing, one of the most difficult steps is the selection of your first outfit. To be a successful fly fisherman it is essential that each piece of your outfit works together in a comfortable and efficient way. When all the pieces work together, an outfit t is said to be balanced. The five essential pieces that make up an outfit include the line, rod, reel, leader, and fly. Many people that are beginning fly fishing chose their line first. This is because it is necessary to choose the line weight. There are dozens of different types of lines for fly fishing. Picking the correct one is very important One of the main things …

Saltwater Fly Fishing

When you begin to venture into saltwater fly fishing, you are opening yourself up to a whole new fly fishing experience beyond any other. Obviously, saltwater fly fishing is done on the coastlines of the United States and internationally where the oceans are. Great saltwater fly fishing can also be found in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas and Florida. When you are fly fishing in saltwater, you will be doing most of it from the comfort of a boat. The fish you will be catching are going to be larger than freshwater fish, and you will find many different species that can’t be found in rivers and streams. When saltwater fly fishing, you will be able …

Salt Water Fly Fishing

Salt water fly fishing has grown in popularity over the past half century as many fisherman experience the thrill and excitement of the sport. Some choose to don their waders and fish from the shoreline, some prefer to use a small boat as they explore shallow fishing areas, and still others opt for the adventure of deep sea fly fishing. Nearly three quarters of the earth is covered with salt water, giving those who enjoy salt water fly fishing an unlimited number of places to fish. Understanding the flow of the tides is essential for any salt water fly fisherman. Tides affect the water’s temperature and its clarity two of the factors that have an effect on the movement of …

Sage Fly Fishing Gear

The Sage company has been producing quality fly fishing gear for many years. They offer quality, top of the line fly fishing rods, reels, and lines to the beginning and experienced fly fisher. They take pride in the quality of their equipment producing rods and reels that many fly fishermen use exclusively. They design and test their hand built gear with one thought in mind: maximum fishability. That term was coined by the company to represent the type of performance that will help you cast better, fish more effectively, and have more fun while fly fishing. Their company offers the fly fisherman all sorts of advice and tips on how to select the right rod for you and what is …

Northern California Fly Fishing

One of the best things about California is the nice weather. For people who love to fly fish, Northern California is a paradise on the West Coast. Many streams in Northern California stay open year-round offering great options for fishing trips. There are some great options for the avid fly fisher when in Northern California. The lower part of the Sacramento River is a prime place to catch California’s largest rainbow trout. The river provides amazing year-round fishing opportunities. You can catch some amazing fish in both winter and spring, but spring brings a huge caddis fly hatch that brings the fish out in droves. You can also find some great salmon catches on the river – especially in the …

North Carolina Fly Fishing Guide

Fly fishing for trout is plentiful in the beautiful state of North Carolina. This is a brief guide to get you started with your fly fishing expedition “down south”! The mountains of North Carolina have many streams running through them and provide some great trout fly fishing in a beautiful setting. In most of these trout streams and rivers you can catch all three types of trout; brook, rainbow and brown. The wild fish tend to be smaller in North Carolina, more so than the stocked ones, but it takes more stealth to catch the wild trout when fly fishing. The stocked trout are easy to catch at first, but harder as the season progresses. Overall fly fishing in the …

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing is an angling method that aims to catch fish using artificial flies. Traditionally, salmon and trout are the types of fish caught using this method. But in recent times, a wide variety of fish have been added to the list like pike, carp and striped bass. As an angling method, fly fishing differs from other methods in its technique for casting. Other methods rely on the weight of the lure to pull the line. But in fly fishing, the line is cast rather than the lure since the lures used in this method are too light to be cast. Casting in fly fishing can be compared to the way a whip unfurls when it is being cracked. It …

How Are Dry Flies Made

Fly fishing is an interesting sport with a growing number of people participating. When people start out fly fishing they usually just buy all of the gear that they need, including their artificial flies. Once people get hooked on fly fishing though they often start thinking about making their own artificial flies as a way to stay involved with the sport during the off-season months. While some artificial flies can be tricky to make others are actually well within the abilities of the average fly fisher. Even children can learn to tie artificial flies and this is an excellent way to get them involved in the sport. The earliest description of tying artificial flies dates back to the 2nd century. …