Fly Fishing Made Easy

I spent many days on the banks of my local fishing spots near Dowers Grove, illinois. Actually, the most fun I had and really learned alot about fly fishing was on the shores of a small lake called Ax Lake, about 8 miles north of my home. Every spring they stocked it with 1-4 or 5 Lb rainbow trout.

Fishing there was fun except on weekends, when it was so packed with young kids, women and novice people that did not know one end of a fishing pole to the orther end….. One fool next to me using a bait casting real with about fifty pound black braided line. Almost every time he casted the broom, he made a backlash. The maniac crossed every line to the left and right. I had to ask him to stop after he crosed my line three times. I don’t think he ever fished anywhere before…..Of course he objected, and said: “It’s a free country.” I just moved to another spot.

There are thousands of live-bait anglers, who are excellent sportsmen, but the fly fisherman can practice better conservation from the beginning.

Basically, fly fishing is not only one of the fastest growing sports;  But it is one of the foremost forms of conserving natural resources as well as providing a recreation that is hard to match.

Fly fishing is very simple when three things are right: you must have a suitable rod; you must get a line to match it; and you must learn correct casting techniques.  Here is a list of some of my pointers that will help:

1. Type of rod:

For a lot less money, and especially for beginners, hollow glass is advised since it will require less care than bamboo and will not take a set if improperly handled or stored. A good bamboo rod is super expensive!

2. Line:

Most of the time a novice fly caster uses a line much too light to bring out and fit the action of the rod.

That’s why it is important to know that with any rod, the fly fisherman should use the same size line for anything from small trout or panfish up to the largest game fish…..

In choosing the size line, a C level, HCH double-taper, or a GBF three-diameter is a good choice. This choice is based on the fact that a high percentage of fly rods bought now days are made with hollow glass, and the line mentioned work best with those rods.

3. Casting technique:

In casting, it is important to get about 20 feet of line out front. Always remember to cast in a straight line.  Taunt muscles tend to mess up your cast. Also, stay relaxed. I think of casting with a fly rod, is like hitting a golf ball…..An unrelaxed tight grip usually ends with a screwed up result.

There is no reason why you should not learn the fundamental principles just as easily as those who now enjoy fly fishing everyday. Like everything else, experience is always the best teacher, and maybe the surest way to learn to cast successfully is to spend a day on a stream, pond or lake with someone who is a competent caster and watch carefully…..

Remember to just have fun and keep trying until you master one of the best pastimes on planet earth.

To add to your knowledge of fishing, there is now a new series of ebooks written by Ron Duvell about musky, walleye, salmon, bass and even a free ebook, in the series about pan-fishing:

Thaks for Looking…..Good Luck!