When people talk about going out doors and camping, an activity that seems to be thrown in that group is fishing. They seem to go hand in hand with one another. Thinking of all the times that I went fishing with my old man, as he passed down all his vast knowledge and experience. All gained from countless hours of fishing summers past in the cool Georgia fresh water ponds and lakes and the salty waters down in the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida side. Having done many different types of fishing with my old man the one that holds my interest the most is fly fishing. The constant interaction of it keeps me focused and excited, waiting for the stunning sight of a rainbow trout striking your “unaware” dry fly. Now the fight begins and all of your hard work has paid off, your shoulder could be sore form the casting, but all of that goes away as determination sets in. That trout is yours and nothing is going to stop you from pulling him, it was love at first sight as you saw him strike!
Fly fishing is broken up into different styles dry and wet or nymphing. Dry is where you act as a water bug flouting on the water and occasionally taking off and landing again. Though a lot of the fish will do there feeding lower in the lake/river sometimes making dry fishing difficult to find a catch. This brings in the purpose of wet or nymphing where you submerge the fly down to the feeding level.
Now once you are ready to go out and start casting you are going to need the basics. Rod, Reels, lines, and flies are the bare necessities. Getting set up with the right ones at the right price is always a challenge, but your local fishing shop will help you get what you need to start casting.
Now that you are trying to get your gear set up determining what you are fishing for is important. Depending on where you live and the kinds of waters around will change what you catch and what you use to catch with. In cold waters you will find trout and salmon, everyone has heard about the Alaska salmon fishing! For cooler waters you’ll find things like pike and perch. For the warmer waters there are your bass and catfish which are what I grew up catching in the warmer Georgia lakes and ponds with my old man. Now that covers the freshwater fish, moving on to salt water there are a lot of options. Redfish, halibut, marlin and sharks are all options as the oceans are vast with wonder! I hope you are getting excited about the opportunities you have to catch in your area!
Now that we have brushed up on what could be in your area, let’s talk about the flies you will use to become a fishing master! There are two categories that are used for flies: imitative and attractive. When using an imitative fly the whole purpose is to match the actual flies the fish would eat. Using a fly that can looks as similar to the actual water insects is known to help. It seems that these fish aren’t just dumb things that eat. They seem to be pretty picky about what they consume! The attractive flies’ purpose is to attract the fish’s natural instincts to strike. The attractive flies don’t follow any rules in regards to looking like a real fly. Its main job is to be flashy and attractive.
Now you can only learn so much about an activity like fly fishing from reading, but there is a huge video encyclopedia on the internet that I use to teach my self new skills all the time! You have most definitely used it in the past, Youtube. Youtube is one of my biggest resources because I can answer almost any question in a matter of minutes! There are tons of videos uploaded there that will teach everything you can possible imagine about fly fishing! It’s a great way to learn casting techniques, fishing knots, and see mind blowing catches! Using the information you read here and skills you can learn from watching videos you are on your way to becoming a fishing master!