Fly fishing may be called angling, but it’s really a form of fishing in which fishermen fish with artificial flies that look like insects and other aquatic creatures. It’s the fastest growing fishing sport worldwide, and many countries, including the United States, are seriously considering giving it the status of a sport.
Artificial flies can be made from a variety of materials, including string, ribbon, yarn, fur and even plastic. They can also be weighted or translucent, making them easier to see in low light or darkness. Some flies, such as caddis flies, can be retrieved several times during a fishing trip, but most flies are reeled in just once. These reels usually have a separate fly line and leader, which may be braided or made from rubberized nylon thread.
One of the biggest challenges in fly fishing is getting the perfect model of artificial fly to match the targeted species of insects in the water. This is accomplished by finding the correct size and color fly, which is easily recognizable by the fish. The key is to match the hatch without making the fly too realistic.
Flies can be used for trout, bass, panfish, salmon, steelhead, grayling, chub and many other species of fish. The flies used by anglers vary, but most fishermen’s go-to flies are caddeos, caddies, dry flies and streamers.
As a beginner angler, it’s important to be mindful of your fishing line. The line should be installed on your fishing reel according to the weight of your lure and the depth of the water where you are fishing. As a guideline, your reel should hold 200 yards of fishing line with a bait weight of 1/4 ounce and less and 100 yards of line with a bait weight of 3/8 ounce or heavier. Always tie your fishing line securely so it won’t loosen and become tangled.
When you’re first starting out, it’s important to get an idea of what’s out there in the waters you plan to fish. A good tool to have is a fish finder. A fish finder measures the weight and size of fish, and can find fish in shallow waters in deeper waters of any particular body of water. Having a fish finder is helpful because it allows you to find the best areas to fish.
The next step is to pick a lure. Lures are attached to hooks and lures are used to catch fish. The lure is the bait. Some lures have twitches that attract fish, others have vibration and other colors are designed to repel fish.
When you’re fishing in deeper waters, it’s important to use lures that run deep. If the lure runs shallow, it might make it difficult for a fish to catch the lure in the first place. Fishing at the right depths is important because a deep lure might be too shallow for fish in deep water. Also, as your fishing skill improves, you might want to consider fishing at deeper depths until you get a good sample of the depth range in which most fish dwell.
What’s the right bait color to use? It depends on the water’s clarity. In clear water, use a brightly colored lure. In muddy or stained water, use a darker color lure. The color doesn’t matter as much as the presentation of the lure. If your lure is dark or muddy, then it’s important to remember to cast in a way that makes the lure look like it doesn’t belong in that depth range. The way to accomplish this task is to use a “wide” trot line.
Here are some tips to help you understand how to use fishing lures:
* When you pick a lure color, consider what depth range you’ll be fishing in. For example, a blue or white lure is a good choice for a lake or pond you’ll be fishing in a depth of 2 to 7 feet deep. On waters with heavy vegetation or large rocks, you’ll want to use a lure with a lighter color. This is because a lure with a brighter color tends to get blown about, and into these types of waters, a lure that is too brightly colored will scare the fish away.
* Use a trot line if your lure color is dark or muddy. If your lure color is bright, you’ll want to use a more precise, streamlined rod with a lighter line.
* Use the right lure for the depth and light penetration of the water. These factors will help you pick the right lure to match the fish you’re attempting to catch. For example, a dark or muddy lure will work in waters with stained or clearer water.
* When fishing lures in clear water, you’ll want to fish them shallow. If your fishing in stained or murky water, you’ll want to fish them deep.