Beginners Fly Fishing for Trout – 8 Tips

Fishing is a sport that demands patience in all it’s various forms. I find that some more specialist areas, such as carp fishing, can reap huge rewards given the size these fish can grow to, but require a lot of patience.

It can be a long time until that buzzer starts screaming that you have a fish on the line, so I have not done very much of this type of fishing, preferring a more general approach.

This is because if I wasn’t catching fish, I would just move along the river until I did! That way I was always moving and never bored or sitting still.

A few years ago, I thought I’d try fly fishing.

I had never fly fished before as I thought it was a bit complicated.

Tip 1. I was wrong!

As in all branches of fishing, there are some rivers that are more expensive to fish than others, but it is quite possible to fly fish and not increase your costs any more than if you were carp fishing for example.

Tip 2. Don’t buy everything separately.

Fly fishing combos are usually a set of rod, line and reel, often with a few flies as well, and these often represent the best value when buying your first fly fishing outfit.

Tip 3. Cheap is not always best.

If you are just starting fly fishing, you will find that casting a fly line is very different to casting in any other form of fishing. You will also find a wide range of fly fishing combos, both in terms of price and quality.

A fly fishing rod is very different to any other type of fishing rod. Because you are casting a line, not a baited, weighted mono filament, the technique employed is a little different, and relies on the performance of the rod and your technique, rather than strength. Read up about them before purchasing to gain some understanding as to what to look for.

Tip 4. Keep it Simple.

There is no need to buy huge amounts of kit. If you are also a keen course fisher, it may be that you are used to carrying large amounts of peripheral equipment – ground bait and a selection of hook baits and possibly a huge tackle box. Fly fishing does not require this level of gear, in fact, very often you can carry all you need in the pockets of your fishing vest.

Tip 5. Dress Properly.

This is vital. The most important thing to wear is eye protection. Most people choose polarised sun glasses, which help spot fish through the water. They also protect from wayward flies! Waders are useful for fishing rivers, but boots are ok for still waters where most fishing is from the bank or boats.

Tip 6. Don’t Stay In One Place.

Some people will fish in the same spot all day, even if they are not catching. With fly fishing, it’s important to “cover” the water in front of you by fishing to the left, right and centre, and at different depths, (you do that by counting off in seconds to give the fly time to sink, unless you are dry fly fishing). but if after, say half an hour, you have had no response at all, move to a different area.

Tip 7. It’s not just about distance.

Most people feel that they have to cast miles to be successful. In time, that may come, but whilst you are learning big fish are to be caught in places that others don’t think of. I’m talking about the margins. Because so many people seem to imagine that the biggest fish are where most people can cast to, i.e. at some distance, they concentrate on trying to cast long distances.

Tip 8. Get some teaching!

Possibly the single most important thing you can do is get some lessons in casting. Not being able to cast effectively is the main reason people give up. It looks easy, and with a little practice it really is, but you need someone to show you the basics so you can practice free of bad habits which prevent effective casting.

If you buy good kit, it will help you in becoming a better fisher. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money if you investigate fly fishing combos. These provide the basic kit for a discounted price. Visit Unique version for reprint here: Beginners Fly Fishing for Trout – 8 Tips.

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