Fly Fishing Basics
Fly fishing is a very relaxing sport after one gets the hang of it.
I have some good articles here to share with you to get you
started on the right track. It is best to practice casting on a
lawn,so you won't lose any flys by hanging up in the trees or
brush. You will not need to tie a fly on while casting on the
lawn area.It is not hard to learn how to fly fish and once you
hook a fish you will most likely stay with fly fishing,as you will
start tieing your own flies as I do in the winter months. It is a
big smile to catch a sneaky trout with a fly you have tied yourself.
You will find yourself using the ROLL CAST more than any other when fishing a small stream for brookies in tight quarters. When you have a stream with a lot of overhangs and foliage there just isn't enough room for an over head cast. The roll cast can be done best with a double taper line.
1 - Lift your rod tip up slowly, when your rod tip is slightly behind you at 2 o'clock position stop and wait a moment. This will let your line set in the water and help you load your rod.
2 - Speed up your forward stroke and then quickly stop your rod tip at the 10 o'clock position. This is called the forward stroke.
3 - Let your fly line roll out in front of you. Your line should for a loop and then straighten out before laying on the water.
Practice as much as you can. This cast can make your fishing experience more enjoyable.
Now for the next lesson which will be CASTING UPSTREAM; You follow the same program as before, but now you are casting upstream.You will play out about 3 feet of line at a time until you have reached your desired area where you think there is a fish.After reaching the area,you will retrieve your line,by placing the line you played out between your index finger on the hand that is holding the Rod,and pull the line letting it fall in the water.You have to keep up with the drifting line so as to keep the slack out of line or the fish can strike and you will not be able to hook it.You will also have to reel line in after you have accumulated around 10 feet of slack line.After you get the line in to about 10 feet of your Rod tip you will start the casting process over again as before. Casting Across the stream; Same process as above,but this time you will play out your line to the desired area and then let it drift down the stream until the line becomes tight,the you will pull the line back towards you until it is around 10 feet from the Rod tippet,then present your cast over again.