I love a variety of recreational activities, but there is always one that is my relaxation, my family time, and my warm weather go-to: fly-fishing.
However, watching well-practiced fishermen can be quite deceiving, because while they make it look fluid and effortless, fly-fishing can present some challenges. Here are a few tips for beginners, or not so beginners, that I have found over the years.
1. Find your own rhythm.
When my dad first started teaching me how to fly fish, the mantra was always “10 and 2” on the outdoor imaginary clock. However, this magical 10 and 2 doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. While my dad was flying right along, I was doing more of a karate chop at the water. Instead, at my 9 and Noon, I can smoothly lay my line wherever I choose in the water.
2. Don’t be afraid to tie a correct knot.
There are many different types of knots that you can use to tie your fly to your line. But whichever knot you choose, but sure not to skip the most important step in the knot tying process: lick the line. Or at least use water on a rag to get your line wet before finishing the knot. This will keep your fly from launching across the pond or getting stuck in the tough lips of a fish mouth.
3. Pay attention to colors.
Fish not biting on your fly? Don’t give up just yet! Take a variety of colors with you. If one isn’t working, switch to a different color. Colors may also need to change depending on how sunny or cloudy the day is.
4. Bugs are your friends.
When fly-fishing you are trying to simulate a fly landing on the water to try and attract fish. What better way to blend in than with actual bugs landing on the water? The seasons when more bugs are out and about are generally better for fly-fishing. Or you can try for evening fly-fishing when bugs are coming out for the night.
5. When in doubt, roll it out.
Lots of trees around your fishing hole? No problem! If you can’t use a full fly-fishing swing, you can roll the line to different areas around the pond. Simply flick your rod forward with the line in the water and aim at the direction your want your line to go.