If you want to be a good fly fisher, which I am sure you do because why else would you be here. The basic step that needs to be taken is to learn pro casting techniques. There are many fly fishers out there who are really bad casters. Hence, the catch is not as abundant as expected. Once you are an expert in casting, move forward as you are ready to take the plunge towards deeper wisdom.
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Tips & Tricks
You are more than welcome to indulge in the following tips:
Be quiet and stealthy.
Move very slowly and softly. Your potential catch can hear you. They can sense the vibrations and run away. Just because they don’t have ears, it does not mean that they cannot hear noise. It is a wild animal you are hunting which has a natural survival instinct.
Keep an eye on the insects that are abundant in your fishing area. Most likely, they are the food of fish. However, it is not always the case as many small larvae and fish are under the surface of water and they can be the source of food for your catch. But it can give you a good idea of which bait to use.
It is fun to experiment with your leader length. Learn to fish for longer a distances up to 20 feet. You don’t need to practice that long a distance on the first day of fishing.Just Build the skill gradually.
All fishers enjoy the playing fish. But you need to be really careful with the angle or it will break the line. Maintain the rod at a 45 degrees and let the fish run a little bit. Do not hold the string firmly or else the line will break. Be flexible.
Always search the close waters first.
Most often than not you will catch your fish there. Also, it is very easy to set better your hook again.
As I said earlier that fish can hear you or detect your voice , they can even see you! The fish near the surface and the ones deep in water. In fact the ones that are deep in water can see you better. They have tremendous vision to categorize prey from predator. So, go low. Try to blend in your surroundings or hide in some bushes or straws.
Use sunglasses and a hat. Not just any glasses but good quality the polarized ones. They will not let the glare from water distract you and you will be able to see what’s going on under the surface of water. Also they will protect your eyes.
Do not wade the water unnecessarily. We have established that sound travels faster in water and your catch can hear it. So your wading will only scare them away.
Hooks are important.
Sharp ones are the best ones. The sharper your hook is, more chances you will have of catching your prey.
After Every five casts, check your tippet and also your fly. Sometimes there are wind knots and they are not good for your line. These knots can break the line especially if the catch is struggling.
Read the waters well. There are areas which are concentrated with fish and the patterns are repeated. These areas have several names. You can call them pools, tail outs, glides or riffles.
You can always hire a guide. Of course that is if you want to or you can afford to. Although they are pretty expansive but they know the water better than you. I would recommend getting a guide if you are fishing while travelling. The research will be a walking talking guide and you can just enjoy the whole activity for example.
Another interesting technique is to use more than one flies. One on the point and another one or two may be on the dropper. The extra flies on the dropper can be used of bright colors or something gaudy.
Once you have learnt all the hacks, teach them also to someone else. Pass on the wisdom. Not just out of generosity but you can also spot your shortcomings through your pupil and in turn you can re-learn an improvised version of your skill in an advanced level. Happy fishing!