Fly Fishing – What Makes It Special

You might not know this, but fly fishing is quite different than fishing with regular fishing baits. For a start it uses an artificial fly (lure) which is made up of foam, feathers, fur, hide, yarn, and any other odds and ends that might make it tempting to the fish. Flies are a personal thing, and every fly fisherman has their own type. Some  people purchase them and then some of us like to tie our own flies. It truly is an art tying a fly.

There are 2 basic types of fly fishing: dry and wet. Dry fly fishing is the most well known.  The artificial fly is cast so that it floats on the surface of the water.  When the fish sees the fly passing overhead it will rise to the surface and strike (take the fly).

Now it’s your turn to practice your skills. It’s up to you to tire the fish out by moving the rod around until you get the fish in your net.

A wet fly does not sit on the surface, but rather sinks beneath the water and may be passed in front of the fish. The fish will strike at the fly once it sees it moving in front of it.

Nymph fishing is very popular after the flies lay eggs on lakes or in streams and they hatch out as nymphs.  As the nymphs make their way to the surface the fish will take them.  When they get to the surface they will hatch into a flies.

Most fish can be caught on a fly but the most common are trout, salmon, chars, and most game fish.  Obviously trout is the most popular fly fish. Once you try fly fishing it’s not hard to see why some fly fisherman regard it as the holy grail of fishing.  The art of fly fishing will get in to your blood and you will peruse the quite of the streams or the solitude of the ocean beaches to capture you prey.

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