Fly fishing is an ancient angling method to catch fish with artificial lures as distinct from live or dead bait. Casting the (practically) weightless lure requires a special fishing line and a long rod. Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water. North Americans usually distinguish freshwater fishing between coldwater species (trout, salmon, steelhead) and warmwater species, notably bass. In Britain, where natural water temperatures vary less, the distinction is between game fishing for trout or salmon and coarse fishing for other species. Techniques for freshwater fly fishing also differ with habitat (lakes, small streams and big rivers.)
Fly Fishing Locations
There are virtually endless locations across the planet where one can find superb fly fishing. Almost every country has a river or lake or saltwater body filled to the brim with trout, steelhead, or whatever the local species may be. Your local waters are always a good place to start, but branching out to other states and even other countries can expand your skills and experience ten-fold.
Florida Keys flats fly fishing is thought to be some of the most exciting angling to be had anywhere in the world. The area provides the chance to go after some most-sought species in the world such as the elusive and hard-hitting Florida permit fish and draws tens of thousands of anglers every year .
Alaska has long been a fly fisherman’s dream, offering more serene locations with literally thousands of rivers and streams ranging from barely 2 feet wide to huge raging rivers. In this vast unspoiled region one will find plenty of locations and fish to practice the age-old technique of fly fishing.
There are, of course, many other fantastic locations, not only in north America but also worldwide, for tossing a fly. Just keep in mind that a local guide or charter service is a always a great way to learn the local waters wherever your next fly fishing trip takes you.
Fly Fishing Techniques
To cast, or not to fish; that is the question. If you can’t adequately cast a fly line you might as well not fish. Success at fly fishing is dependent on casting. If you don’t know where the fish lie but can cast well enough to cover all of the water with finesse, you are likely to solve the mystery and catch fish. If you know where they lie but can neither reach them nor present the fly naturally, you are not even in the game. It’s really quite simple. Anything less than knowing how to cast well gets you fresh air, maybe sunshine, and probably a sore arm or shoulder. So why spoil it with ineffectual casting? You don’t have to. Read a book. Watch a video or two. They can really help.
Fly Fishing Species
When an angler hits the water for a day of fly fishing, he or she can go after almost any species of fish. Whether it be native trout sometimes weighing in at under a pound in a small stream, or giant tarpon or sailfish weighing in at upwards of 200 pounds in the ocean. The technique dates back hundreds of years and most people would say that there is almost no species of fish that are out of bounds when it comes to fly fishing.
Fishing, I should have explained, teaches us to perform the smallest of acts with care. It humbles us. It enriches our friendships. It cultivates reverence for wild things and beautiful places. It offers relief from overdue bills and endless chores and appalling world events. It makes us participants in nature instead of spectators, a crucial distinction because participants tend to become passionate and protective and spectators tend to become indifferent. Fly fishing is the pinnacle of of relaxation for most anglers. Few things beat a relaxing day on the water with a fly rod in hand.
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