Fly fishing is much more complex than fishing with a normal spin rod though the excitement you will get will be worth it. You need a little training and will be a pro at fishing monster trout.
Casting and reeling in a fish
This method is simple, but it requires good space. Take about three rog-lengths of fishing line. Hold the rod with your active hand. Confirm there are no tangles on the line. Extend your arm a little and thrash the rod tip up and back in a stable movement. Avoid whipping the rod too much back. Stop once the rod’s tip points up and a little behind you. Have a look at the unfolding rod. The three-rod lengths must be stretched. Before the line unfolds completely above/behind you, flip the rod forward to send the line to the water’s surface.
This will work if you don’t have enough space for a two-stroke cast. Take the rod with your active hand and let it lay slightly in front. Straighten the line. Slowly, take the rod back where the end of the rod lies above your casting shoulder while a small piece of the line remains hanging behind you. Slowly pull the rod forward and increase the speed as the arm comes down. Avoid darting the rod much. Instead, stop when the end of the rod is still a little angled upward. The hoop of the line should unfold and cast under the water.
Hook a Fish
Keep the end of the low to the water, and when a fish strikes, move the end of the rod in the direction of line curvature. Ensure the line is stretched. Aim the hook at the mouth of the fish. Don’t twitch the end of the rod upward. If the fish tries to escape to the water, lie the rod tip to the water and point it away from the fish. Hold the reel tightly in case the fish is big to prevent it from escaping. Once the fish is tired and in shallow water, net it. Once you have hooked the fish, it will try to fight, reel it to make it tired. Don’t lift the rod yet. Ensure the fish stays in the water. If the fish is big, try to direct it where the water is shallowest. Position the net well and slightly pull the line to direct the fish head over the net’s rim. Pull the line until the fish’s body is over the net’s rim. Brush the edge up as you lift the net out of the water. Cautiously remove the fly from the fish’s mouth. You can now keep the fish or take it back to the water. Learning the rules and regulations guiding fishing in that area is essential.
Learning the Fundamentals of Fly Fishing
Get a fishing license first to avoid breaking the law of the state you are touring.
Get the quality fishing gear. These are:
- A fly rod;
- A hemostal;
- A spool;
- Non-slip feet attachments;
- A sharp pocket knife;
- A fly box for gear transportation;
- Wading boots;
- A landing net;
- A flying fishing net containing pockets to keep your tools;
- Sunglasses with polarized lenses;
- A rod and reel case;
- A hat;
Select the best flies. Some good designs are:
- Mayfly hatch;
- Caddisfly hatch;
- Stonefly hatch;
- Terrestrial hatch.
You should train on how to tie your dry fly. Have different feathers and fur with you; you must have good eyesight and expertise for this. If your vision is poor, get a lighted magnifying glass. Put the line in front of the hook’s eye and cloak it around the hook’s shank to the middle. Put flying materials on the shank’s hook and compress them in place. Wrap the line around other materials firmly and back over the spot you have already wrapped. If you want additional materials, ensure they are the same level as other materials. Add some wax to the line before the hook/fly. Squeeze and twist a little dubbing fur to the wax. Continue winding and draping in one direction up and down the waxed line region and ensure the fur is tight. Wind the waxed and the fur-wrapped portion of the line around the hook’s hank in the direction of the tail, turn and wind back over the shank. Tie the line and trim extra thread. Then, stick the entire fly in place with a drop of liquid cement.
Ensure your fly is in place and stiffen the knots. You should wet the knots with saliva or water prior to stiffening. Remove any line past the knot. It should be close to the knot.
How to get the right place and time for fishing
Look for a quiet place where there is the possibility of fish gathering. Look for a large rock and submerged trees/debris. Search well the water well downstream of water or trees. If you go in the morning, you will likely find fish in the shallow areas looking for food. Try casting in undercut banks. Pools, where streams and rivers broaden to a gut, can be a good choice. Don’t cast in the tailout.
The time is essential; go fishing in the morning at sunrise and evening at sunset. Middays are the time for practicing if you are learning to cast and spot fish.
Avoid noise when entering the stream since fish don’t like it. As you get close to the river, ensure you don’t cast a shadow on the water; you can stay in the shadow or squat. When wading into the river, you should do it slowly.