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Fly Fishing Basics

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

Did you finally find the best reason to ditch work for the day by discovering the joys of fishing? If so, I would love to help you out and teach you about the basics of fly fishing. I will talk about the how-to’s, when-to’s and more. Let me tell you something, I absolutely love everything about fishing and I will be more than happy to pass along some of my knowledge to you.


Learn the Lingo

There is a lot of lingo when it comes to fly fishing and since there are so many, I only want to explain the ones that I think that you would actually need to know. The first one is arbor which is the center part of a fly reel where the first backing and then line is wound.

Next, break off which is the moment when a strong or large fish snaps the line due to an undersized tippet, worn leader, or poorly tied knot. Catch and release should be obvious, but if you are 100% new at this I will tell you that it is the term used for catching a fish without completely wearing it out then immediately releasing it, not without taking a picture first, of course. These are three terms that I believe every fly fisherman should know.

How To Spot The Fish

Spotting the fish may seem like the easy part, but trust me, it isn’t. the first thing you need to do is get yourself a quality pair of polarized sunglasses. Sun on the water can cause a lot of glare, making it difficult to see any sign of a fish. The polarized sunglasses will take the glare away and help spot the fish easier.

If you want the best chance of catching a fish, fish during the afternoon, this will help you learn to spot fish better. You will be able to understand their movement, preferred lies and feeding habits. The midday sun is also higher in the sky and there will be less glare.

Next tip, approach the stream carefully. You want to walk gently and never stomp. Fish spook easily so even if they see your shadow, they are going to go into hiding. Keep the ripples small and close to your feet while walking through the water.

Last, but not least, look for the shadow of the fish on the stream bed. Even those who are the most skilled can have issues spotting the actual fish. Trout are expert blenders, but if you can find their shadow, you can catch them.


Before you go out fly fishing, you need the essential gear. You are going to need waterproof waders such as zip waders, standard front waders, wading pants, wading boots, and a hat. You will also need clippers for cutting tippet, a zinger for holding your nippers or hemostat, a hemostat, nail knot tool to help you quickly tie a leader or backing to the fly line, a fly floatant, and extra packages of tapered leaders or tippet spools. Some of the extra things that you will need is a fly fishing vest, waist pack or chest pack, non-slip devices, fly boxes, and more.

I hope that this information has helped you figure out what fly fishing is all about and what you are going to need to go on the first adventure. Good luck in the fly fishing world and here’s hoping your boss doesn’t find out you skipped work for fishing.

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