Month: October 2010

Fly Fishing Still Going Strong

Since the earliest fisherman plucked fish from the water with their bare hands, anglers have found many different methods of fishing. Fly fishing is one of the oldest and has been in existence for hundreds of years. Believed to have begun during Roman times, the advanced methods of fly fishing are considered to have developed in Scotland and England. With improved reels, line and fly gear fly fishing has grown in popularity by leaps and bounds.

Originally, fly fishing was mainly used to catch trout and salmon, which are easily fooled by artificial flies. However, many species of fish are now being targeted by fans of sport fishing using dry and wet flies. Today the lines are heavier and larger in diameter. As a result there is a need for a larger reel that is required to hold that size of line. Anglers now research the local water life to determine the best colors and styles of flies that may be able to attract the local fish population.

The main purpose of fly fishing is to offer an artificial fly to the fish that will closely resemble an insect or bug that is native to the area. Curious fishermen may spend a lot of time researching the types of bugs that flourish in the region as well as spending time studying the types of fish and how they approach their victims.

Practice, Practice, Practice, It Takes A lot of Practice to Properly Cast Flies

For the fisherman switching from bait fishing to fly fishing there is a conversion period in which they must learn the difference. With bait casting, the weight of the lure and bait draws line from the reel, and extends out into the water. When fly fishing the line is cast into the water and the fly on the line follows the line into the water. It requires a lot of practice and concentration to place the line that is cast from the reel and having the fly land in the desired spot on the surface of the water.

The two main types of lures used in fly fishing are the dry fly that remains on the surface and the wet fly that is designed to sink once it hits the water. Other flies, called emerging flies partially submerge under the water, to duplicate the action of emerging insects from their larva stage.

Fly fishing requires the fisherman to adjust to local conditions as well as altering their technique depending on the time of day and time of year. It will take the fly fisherman a lot of practice and patience to develop the skills necessary to consistently catch fish.

Making Your Own Flies

After a fly fisherman has mastered the difficult techniques of fly fishing he may want to design his own flies. It is a wonderful hobby. A master fly maker can build up quite a collection. A beautiful as well as effective fly can be a rewarding creation.

Whether you create your own flies or become an avid collector, the art of fly fishing can grow on you and become almost an addiction.

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Fly Fishing Basics – the Artform of Fishing

By Kelin Ray

When it comes to regular fishing practices, there is almost no one in the world that does not know the basics. However when it comes to the art of fly fishing, generations upon generations have found the basics to have eluded them. As a result of the new found fly fishing boom, there are plenty of those who wish to learn, and not really anyone to teach them. This can cause a problem for the fact that fly fishing has more than 2,000 years of history.

While you can simply bait a hook, toss it in the water and when something bites you can make dinner, fly fishing takes a little bit more effort to catch that fish. The good thing is however that the more effort you put into catching that fish, the better the meal will taste when you sit down to eat your day’s catch.

For starters, the concepts of fly fishing use no organic bait whether artificial or live. You do not take a real fly and bait it to your hook then presto you have a fish. Instead the flies used in the act of fly fishing are composed of things like string, feathers or even ribbon. These flies are then attached to a hook and through the movements of the line, you are able to dazzle the fly in front of your fish.

The bait itself is considered to be one of the most important fundamentals regarding the basics of fly fishing and when you know about the flies and how they should act upon the water, you will then be able to focus on the casting techniques. In casting the fly, you do not simply toss it out in a straight line like you would in a normal sport fishing routine, but rather through an art form you carefully and diligently glide the fly in and out of the water as a means of imitating an insect.

A fly fishing rod is quite often longer than that of a standard fishing rod while at the same time they are also substantially lighter. This is important because you have to create a certain rhythm in your castings which cannot be achieved with a heavier rod. The reel itself is barely ever used in fly fishing other than to retrieve the line. Instead one hand holds on to the line carefully pulling it out of the reel in small increments. From there you basically shake the line out a little at a time mimicking that of a live insect and enticing the fish to bite.

Fly fishing is pure art when it comes to the sport fishing world and some people can do it, while at the same time others cannot.

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Fly Fishing for Steelhead

Fly fishing for steelhead fish can be a challenging and rewarding experience. These amazing fish share their heritage with the Atlantic and Pacific salmon. Although they are native to the West Coast of the United States as well as in Russia, they can also be found in the tributaries of the Great Lakes. This is because they were planted in the lakes many times in the 1800’s.

There are numerous places you can go when fly fishing for steelhead. As we’ve already said, they are most plentiful in the Western United States. You can find plenty of steelhead in the rivers of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington state.

Steelhead are cousins of the rainbow trout and have a decidedly chrome-like coloring. They are amazingly acrobatic and can provide any fly fisherman with a fulfilling challenge when trying to catch them.

Most of the fly fishing techniques used to catch steelhead are based on those historically developed to catch Atlantic salmon. Flies are cast downstream from the angler on a floating or sinking line. The take, which can sometimes be quite violent, usually occurs towards the end of the swing. You can also use nymphing methods usually used by trout anglers.

Winter steelheads are often considered the “hard core” of fly fishers, sometimes enduring hours of repeated casting in cold water and freezing conditions for that one tug that can occur when you least expect it. Many fly fishers will spend a lot of time trying to land that prized steelhead only to be frustrated near the end.

The main thing to keep in mind when fishing for steelhead is to practice a lot of patience. For people who fly fish for steelhead regularly, the success of a day consists of one good hook. You will not see big numbers of catches like you will on trout rivers. Keep a positive attitude and watch what the fish are doing.

Most steelhead pockets are found downstream, but other anglers know this as well. Steelhead are most plentiful in the cold, winter months, but you can often find several other fly fishers trying to fish the same spot in hopes of landing their fish. As you can imagine, this is not especially good for the fish or the fisherman. Practice appropriate etiquette when on the river fly fishing for steelhead.

You will probably need a 9 foot single hand rod or a 12-15 foot double handed rod for best results. Line weights should range from 7 to 9. The best flies to use when trying to land a steelhead include the Wooly Bugger, the Conehead Zuddler, and the Black Bear Green Butt.

Fly fishing for steelhead can be an amazingly gratifying experience when you are patient and wise when it comes to the natural patterns of these fish. When you are able to land one, you will be surprised at how much fun it is to reel it in!

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Fly Fishing Defined in the Desert Southwest

Fly fishing enthusiasts can be found in the desert southwest. This sport is a way of life for some, who make this their career.

In the area considered to be the southwestern region of the United States, you will find many avenues to try your luck at a sport that has been around for many years.

Whether you are taking a vacation or would just like to go out for a day fishing in one of the many desert locations, your options are plentiful.

Fly fishing in the desert southwest is very popular and you couldn’t have picked a better region to try your skills at an ancient sport and way of life, for many.

If you are new to the sport and wondering what you will need for equipment, the answer is quite simple. In essence, fly fishing is a sport wherein fisherman and fisher women catch their prize through the use of artificial flies that are cast out in the water in combination of a fly rod and a fly line.

The flies are made with materials such as fur, hair, and feathers and are then tied together, subsequently attached to a hook with a thread.

Fly fishing can best be described as casting a line rather than a lure, as with the other form of fishing that most people can relate to.

Fly rods come in different shapes and sizes but the parts of the rod are all the same.

There are three types type of string that can be used. The smaller the number indicated on the string refers to how light it is.

Referred to as the fly line, this type is thicker and also heavier than your normal fishing line. It is heavier because you need something that will pull the fly along the water.

Make sure that you know for sure that you are putting the correct end on the fly-rod reel first. Fortunately, most fly lines will have a tag of some sort, indicating which end goes on the reel first.

You can always ask the sporting goods store to assist you. They will likely be more than happy to assist you with the assembly.

The main part of the rod, the central shaft, is commonly known as the rod blank. This is the section where other parts of the rod connect. Many of the rods are made out of graphite, but other materials have been used.

You may also find people referring to the Rod blank as the tip. Note that there is a heavy section on the fly-rod, known as the butt. Generally, blanks are made of graphite but there are still other materials that can be used.

Located at the butt of the fly-rod is the reel seat. The rings found on the seat are designed to lock the reel and the foot in place.

Here are some tips when assembling your reel.

Step 1:

Assemble the fly-rod. Next, attach the reel. (This applies if the the reel and the fly-rod were packaged separately.)

Step 2:

You will notice that there are sections that exist on the rod.

Once again, this heavier section with the grip is referred to as the butt section. The ferrule is the connection between the male and female pieces of the rod.

Step 3:

Place the tip end into the butt end. (If you have multiple pieces, you can start assembling at the tip end of the fly-rod.) Align the guides. These are metal eyelets that the line will be strung through. Ideally, you want to twist the tip end of the fly fishing Arizona rod and then twist it into place.

Begin with the sections offset at an approximate 45-degree angle.

For three-piece rods, connect the top two pieces together. You will assemble this the same way as a two-piece rod.

For four-piece fly-rods, assemble both the top two as well as the bottom two sections and then put them all together.

Be careful when assembling your rod. Don’t push or pull the pieces of the rod as these are delicate.

Step 4:

Make sure the connection between each section tightly fits together. You will want to be able to take it apart without extra effort. Do this carefully to prevent breaking it.

Step 5:

This just might be the most important step. Unless you are ambidextrous, you will want to make sure that you place the reel on your dominant side.

For reference, the reel seat is the part where the reel is attached to the rod. The foot is the area where the bar of the reel runs across the reel.

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Fly Fishing Equipment: What You Need for Success

Fly fisherman have tackle boxes and closets dedicated to their equipment. And while a person can list dozens of ?necessities? for a fishing trip, a fisherman really only needs a few essentials.

Obviously, everyone needs a fly rod if he plans on fly fishing. A good rod will be anywhere from 6 to 10 feet long. New fisherman should note that no other piece of equipment is more important than this rod, so if you have a liberal budget, give this road financial priority.

Ironically, while some will tell you that you cannot fish without a reel, you can. Many a successful fly fisherman has landed a nice fish without the mess of a reel. He just knows how to move his line. A reel does come in handy, though, for those seeking out the larger fish. This is especially important to warm water and saltwater fisherman.

Fly line comes in a variety of strengths but in a standard length. You will usually find it in 90 foot lengths but with weights depending on the pounds you are planning on landing. Fishermen rate their line according to grain, with 7000 grains equaling one pound. You can cast a heavier line farther and obviously land bigger fish, so this works best for those windy days. Lighter line obviously costs less and can work well on calm days when searching for smaller fish. You can even buy line in two styles: level and tapered.

Fishermen searching for Moby Dick utilize backing: an extra line that will give you more than the desired 90 feet of line. Though some might tell you that you really dont need this extra line, one reel will cost you only a few bucks, and it gives fishermen the security of knowing that if they do catch a big fish, they can land him with ease thanks to their extra line.

To affix your fly to your line, you will need a leader: a piece of transparent material that attaches to both elements. The leader will be as short as 6 feet and as long as 15 feet, just depending on what youre looking for. They have ratings based on a variety of things, from the diameter of the line, to the lines breaking point, to different business classifications.

Finally, no one can fly fish without a fly. Flies are basically artificial bait for the fish. Though no fly is alive or ever was, a good fly fisherman tries to either create or pick a fly that looks alive, because no fish wants to eat a dead bug. Flies will range in style from mimicking frogs to shrimp. Creative fly fishermen create their own flies from scratch using felt, wire, and even feathers.

So we can see that really no one needs a big closet for his fly fishing materials. In the end, fly fishing shouldnt take over the whole house but should still make its owner smile.

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