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Fly Fishing

Tips for a newbie

Uploaded on November 28, 2012

I'm tryin to get into fly fishing. Help me out here with the basics, namely, the literal casting and catching of a fish. I will most likely be going for small largemouth bass and other small panfish from ponds, if that changes anything.

Recommended line weights? Flies? Other techniques?

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Generally speaking, you're most likely going to find a mid weight rod will suit you best, About 5 weight seems right. Line weights are commonly matched to rod weight, although there is a strong opinion that using one weight higher allows a beginer to better get the feel of the rod loading and unloading during the cast. I'd suggest a combo package deal from one of the more well know retailers like BassPro, Cabela's, Gander Mtn. etc. Many will offer an outfit that'll come with a rod, reel, pre-spooled with line and backing (I'd suggest floating line), a tapered leader, maybe a fly box with an assortment of basic flies like a few nymphs, drys, and streamers. That'll get you started.
Fly fishing and particularly the casting is different from spin or baitcasers in that you cast the weight of the line...the fly at the end is along for the ride.
Google some fly casting videos on youtube or other sites to get started. Wear sunglasses and a hat. Accept the fact that nobody starts out looking like a master fly caster, you're going to get tangles, you'll hang up in weeds behind you...forget about it. Whether we admit it or not we all have done the same thing.
Remember it's fishing, get out there and enjoy it, chances are you've shown this much interest so I predict you'll soon be addicted.

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from Arcamedies wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

The most important tip I got when I started out fly fishing was to completely forget everything I knew about casting a bait rod. Unlike a bait cast rod, your wrist movement is very very slight when casting a fly rod. Ideally you want the tip of your rod to move on the same plane when you are casting forward and backwards.
The second most helpful tip I received was that you want to make sure that your forward and back cast are at the same speed. I watch many fly fisherman on the river try to present their fly with a back cast that has just enough momentum to get the fly line behind them and then they lunge the rod forward as fast as they can thinking that it will shoot the line through the guides. If you think of it like a swing set, you cant barley push the sing backwards and then expect it to come shooting forward without any momentum. Having a good casting technique will help you present the fly in the most natural way. Remember that even if you have an ugly cast, it's the presentation of the fly that is most important aspect of fly fishing!
The third tip I would give you is to study the different insect hatches in your area and what time of the year those hatches happen. Imitating what the fish your trying to catch will eat is the best way to have a successful day out on the water. I also learned that when I would practice tying knots that are beneficial for the different types of fly fishing I was going to do, practicing tying these knots indoors is nowhere near the same as standing in the water with the wind blowing on you and trying to tie these knots. Last tip I will give you is that practice doesn't make perfect when it comes to fly fishing. Perfect practice makes perfect when it comes to this sport. Repeated repetition in casting your fly line will help with muscle memory, and before you know it, your not having to concentrate so hard on your cast because your body is used to the movement involved.
Hope these tips help you and welcome to one of the most addicting and enveloping sports on the planet!

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from Arcamedies wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Forgot to include a few fly fisherman for you to watch on YouTube. Lefty Kreh is considered the modern day godfather of fly fishing. Any of his casting instruction videos that you watch will make all that much better at understanding casting fundamentals. Carl McNeil has a video series on YouTube under the name of On the Fly Productions. When you watch this guy cast a fly rod, it will make you feel like you know absolutely nothing about fly casting even if you've been doing it for 30 years. His videos are very well shot and very informative.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Best I've seen for ease of learning and great teaching strategy is Joan Wulff. And my other tip is do not listen to Hoski.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

I started flyfishing casting a couple store bought flies to blue gills and sunnies and still do it today. It is just good fun. Follow what hoski said. Check out you tube for casting tips but most importantly just go fishing. Flyfishing can be a little frustrating at first but is an absolute blast!

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Learn the basics properly, and do not listen to hoski. He knows fly fishing like I know how to fly a space ship. "just going" leads to continued frustration, and giving it up. No one wants to sit on the bank all day untangling leaders, flyline, losing flies, and not knowing why you lost them. That is why there are so few young anglers flyfishing today.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Generally speaking, you're most likely going to find a mid weight rod will suit you best, About 5 weight seems right. Line weights are commonly matched to rod weight, although there is a strong opinion that using one weight higher allows a beginer to better get the feel of the rod loading and unloading during the cast. I'd suggest a combo package deal from one of the more well know retailers like BassPro, Cabela's, Gander Mtn. etc. Many will offer an outfit that'll come with a rod, reel, pre-spooled with line and backing (I'd suggest floating line), a tapered leader, maybe a fly box with an assortment of basic flies like a few nymphs, drys, and streamers. That'll get you started.
Fly fishing and particularly the casting is different from spin or baitcasers in that you cast the weight of the line...the fly at the end is along for the ride.
Google some fly casting videos on youtube or other sites to get started. Wear sunglasses and a hat. Accept the fact that nobody starts out looking like a master fly caster, you're going to get tangles, you'll hang up in weeds behind you...forget about it. Whether we admit it or not we all have done the same thing.
Remember it's fishing, get out there and enjoy it, chances are you've shown this much interest so I predict you'll soon be addicted.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Arcamedies wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

The most important tip I got when I started out fly fishing was to completely forget everything I knew about casting a bait rod. Unlike a bait cast rod, your wrist movement is very very slight when casting a fly rod. Ideally you want the tip of your rod to move on the same plane when you are casting forward and backwards.
The second most helpful tip I received was that you want to make sure that your forward and back cast are at the same speed. I watch many fly fisherman on the river try to present their fly with a back cast that has just enough momentum to get the fly line behind them and then they lunge the rod forward as fast as they can thinking that it will shoot the line through the guides. If you think of it like a swing set, you cant barley push the sing backwards and then expect it to come shooting forward without any momentum. Having a good casting technique will help you present the fly in the most natural way. Remember that even if you have an ugly cast, it's the presentation of the fly that is most important aspect of fly fishing!
The third tip I would give you is to study the different insect hatches in your area and what time of the year those hatches happen. Imitating what the fish your trying to catch will eat is the best way to have a successful day out on the water. I also learned that when I would practice tying knots that are beneficial for the different types of fly fishing I was going to do, practicing tying these knots indoors is nowhere near the same as standing in the water with the wind blowing on you and trying to tie these knots. Last tip I will give you is that practice doesn't make perfect when it comes to fly fishing. Perfect practice makes perfect when it comes to this sport. Repeated repetition in casting your fly line will help with muscle memory, and before you know it, your not having to concentrate so hard on your cast because your body is used to the movement involved.
Hope these tips help you and welcome to one of the most addicting and enveloping sports on the planet!

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from Arcamedies wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Forgot to include a few fly fisherman for you to watch on YouTube. Lefty Kreh is considered the modern day godfather of fly fishing. Any of his casting instruction videos that you watch will make all that much better at understanding casting fundamentals. Carl McNeil has a video series on YouTube under the name of On the Fly Productions. When you watch this guy cast a fly rod, it will make you feel like you know absolutely nothing about fly casting even if you've been doing it for 30 years. His videos are very well shot and very informative.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

I started flyfishing casting a couple store bought flies to blue gills and sunnies and still do it today. It is just good fun. Follow what hoski said. Check out you tube for casting tips but most importantly just go fishing. Flyfishing can be a little frustrating at first but is an absolute blast!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from clinchknot wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

Learn the basics properly, and do not listen to hoski. He knows fly fishing like I know how to fly a space ship. "just going" leads to continued frustration, and giving it up. No one wants to sit on the bank all day untangling leaders, flyline, losing flies, and not knowing why you lost them. That is why there are so few young anglers flyfishing today.

-2 Good Comment? | | Report
from clinchknot wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Best I've seen for ease of learning and great teaching strategy is Joan Wulff. And my other tip is do not listen to Hoski.

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