Fly Fishing – An Addictive Hobby


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Fly Fishing is a method of fishing that utilizes an artificial fly, a long flexible rod, a reel, and line. It is a very ancient and distinct angling method, developed primarily to catch trout and salmon but which is now being used to catch other species such as pike, bass, and carp, as well as a wide range of marine species. Artificial flies are crafted and then tied onto a hook with thread, fur, feathers and other materials in different sizes and colors to match naturally occurring insect or simply to attract a fish.

There are several standard method of presenting a fly to the fish using a fly rod and fly line which involves many different casts such as Fly Cast, Spin Cast, Back Cast, Forward Cast, False Cast, Roll Cast, “S" Cast and Shooting Line.

The most commonly used being the spin casting and the fly-casting. In spin casting the weight of the trap pulls the line out of the reel. In fly-casting the weight of the line is enough to carry the fly to the fish. You must learn to use the rod to cast the weight of the fly line.

The line and fly attached to it goes in the direction you point the rod tip during the cast. Good fly-casting is nothing to do about strength but it is all good timing which comes from practice. You have to spend at least 15 minutes a day to become a good caster in a month.

Proper stroking and correct stopping of the rod are fundamental to good fly casting. The caster loads all energy into the rod during the casting stroke. The rod then releases this energy into the line in the cast. The caster puts a short, low-energy stroke, into the top of the rod for short casts; while he loads a short, powerful stroke, into the middle and bottom of the rod for a long cast.

Casting arc is the arc the rod makes in the air during the cast, which is small for short casts and large for long casts. Precisely stopping the rod after the casting stroke is critical to forming the casting loop and it allows the rod to unload, thus casting the line.

Fly fishers never need to cast more than 50 feet when fishing. Still becoming proficient at long-distance casting can improve all your casting. You should first learn to cast short distance i. e.30 feet and then practice at greater and greater distances.

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