When most people think of fly fishing, they immediately thing of the movie “A River Runs Through It.” A man is in his element, standing waist deep in the river, casting his fly up river and letting it float its way down to where the fish are. Sounds simple right? Even a 12 year old boy can do it, but there is so much more to it than that.
I would say that the most important aspect of fly fishing is the casting and presentation of the fly to the target. Casting needs to be natural, fluid and thought through. Do you strike at the exact area where the fish is or aim up steam and let the fly float to the exact spot? Maybe you place the fly in a jetty where the fish is headed so that it will be there lying in wait.
Move the fly naturally. Making the movements of the fly fishing fly just like the represented insect is extremely important. Be aware of what the movements look like are you causing a wake or moving too rapidly? These are dead giveaways that something is not right and the fish will pass your fly bye.
You will want your dry fly, like my favorite the Adams, to be buoyant. I typically use a floating leader and dress my dry flies with mucilin. I put just enough on to do the job, on the part of the fly that will land on the water. I typically turn the fly upside down and then gently put a small amount of mucilin on the underside of the fly. I also take the time to ensure that my fly looks more natural. Ensuring the “wings” look right and that the fly will appear natural to the fish.
Your choice of flies will be dependent on the area where you fish. What type of insects is predominant? What season is it? Which stage of the insect lifecycle is the real insects are in? When planning to go fishing I always ensure that I have several different types of flies in my fly box that my father gave me when he taught me to fish as a kid. As I said before my favorite is the Adams, but I always ensure that I have at least half a dozen other dry flies as well, such as the Wulff Royal, and the Light Cahill.
Fly Fishing can be one of the most relaxing and rewarding past times. But if you are not prepared with the right flies and the proper technique you will find it frustrating.
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