Fly fishing is a subtype of fishing which falls in the angling category. It involves using a “fly”. This fly is thrown, or cast, a relatively long distance using a specialised rod that is weighted. For more professional and seasoned fishers, there are less weighted lures and casting techniques that require practice. The fly line is different than other lines because it has a plastic coating to help make sure to send the fly all the way to the desired location/destination. The flies resemble actual flies, as well as other small species, and are made of different materials such as hair, feathers and even fur, and vary in size and appearance.
Fly fishing is something that can be done in both fresh and salt water and can be used to catch both warm and cold-water species, coarse and game species. The actual techniques used for fly fishing vary immensely depending on the body of water; for example, lake fly fishing is different than pond fly fishing.
The most common species caught using fly fishing techniques include trout, salmon, pike, bass and carp as well as grayling.
There are lots of great places to try, practice and exercise your fly-fishing skills. There are locations all over the world from Alaska to the UK and everywhere in between. Some of the top locations include the following:
- Angler’s Paradise
- Norfolk Broads
- Colorado River
- San Juan River
- Yellowstone River
- Madison River
- Green River
Rivers do tend to be the best place to fly fish because moving and running water are the best bodies of water to catch the desired species, and are the shallowest yet active types of bodies of water. Ponds and more calm water are an excellent place for beginners to practice and try out fly fishing.
Fly fishing gear is a lot different than traditional fishing, as it does not require a boat, but does need larger and more specialised lines, tackle and bait. It also needs special gear which protects fishermen from the water and keeps anglers warm and dry. This gear essentially looks like a pair of rain pants with boots attached. Equipment is often maintained on shore, or in waterproof bags, so to protect it from the elements of the moving river.