Fly fishing is an exhilarating and engaging sport. It provides excellent rewards if you are willing to push your limits. It requires you to be outdoors and explore exciting locations that you would not have otherwise.
People who have never tried fly fishing may perceive it to be complicated, and it may be challenging to get started. But in reality, the sport can be fairly simple and stupendously exciting. Just watch A River Runs Through It!
Recently, at a meeting of Bainbridge Island Fly Challenge, a local father and son duo introduced a unique fishing/crabbing vessel that they had designed and developed.
Having been members of this club from 2014, Satya Advani (17) and his father, Ajay, highlighted the details of their joint endeavor in constructing a 15-foot and 2-inches long “Peeler Skiff” which is a flat-bottom fishing vessel at a club gathering.
Club officials stated that this vessel was constructed in the home basement of the Advanis, who drew inspiration from an older rowboat.
Routine Club meetings are organized at Seabold Community Hall mostly on the last Tuesday of any given month.
The Bainbridge Island Fly Fishers club which is associated with the Fly Fishers International was created to motivate adults and youths to participate in acquiring the art of fly fishing and furthering the fishing habitat.
Basic Tips to Succeed in Fly Fishing
1. Learn about fly fishing at a nearby fly shop
First, register yourself for a session at your nearest fly shop. This is the easiest method to get an understanding of the basics of fly fishing. A class can provide beginners with vital basic information such as how to read the water, tie knots, fly choice, casting, and gear.
If the class is comprehensive, it will also take you to the water to try casting first hand. You may have friends or family that are excellent fly fishermen, yet it is still beneficial to learn some new methods and receive guidance from a professional.
2. Zero in on the fly fishing style that works for you
There are various kinds of fly fishing techniques, and each method has different gear and process. You need to determine whether you like saltwater or freshwater fish. Also, you need to understand whether you prefer steelhead or backcountry browns. Comprehending your fishing preference can help determine various things such as the gear, type of guide, etc.
3. Procure a rod and reel setup
Picking up the rod and reel is a crucial step in starting fly fishing. The right setup is determined by your preferred style of fishing and the type of fish you want to target. While there are many sizes and lengths of fishing rods available, a 9 foot and 5 weight is ideal for beginners.
4. Practice casting
After the class and watching some informational videos on fly fishing, you are ready to go to a big, grassy location, and start practicing. The grass is essential to protect your line from damage by concrete. You can focus on casting and using the many methods that you have learned about. Understand what suits you the best. You can set up a hula hoop and try to get your line inside.
This will enable you to understand your precision on the fly and correct yourself where needed. It’s important that you can land the fly where you want to because if you don’t land the fly where intended, it could even get caught in some bush rather than hover over a trout. Practice is vital in fly fishing. If you want to become an expert at casting, make sure that you practice extensively.
5. Purchase appropriate clothing
Camouflage may not seem essential for fly fishing. However, blending in with the environment is important. You must avoid bright colors as these would let the fish notice you and scare them off. Neutral and earth tones are a salient option when going fishing. Your main objective is not to be noticeable. Stealth is an important technique to use in fly fishing.
Further, ensure that you are wearing adequate sun protection. You can use polarized sunglasses, a hat, and a buff to protect yourself against the sun.
Especially while on a river, sun protection is essential because sunrays are reflected off the water and can cause bad sunburns, even if it seems cloudy.
Lastly, layer your clothes. It may get quite cold on a river as the sun sets, or there could be a sudden downpour. You may want to bring a gun. You do not want to have an encounter with a mountain lion or a bear unarmed! There is also the human threat when out in the wilderness. The crux is that you want to be well-prepared to deal with natural forces.
Watch: How to Get Started with Fly Fishing
Here’s a great video on fly fishing for beginners from Total Outdoors Programming.