Fly fishing is a sport many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy, but it's not one that comes naturally to everyone. If you're just learning the art of how to fly fish, and want to improve before heading out with experienced fishermen, you'll want to heed these quick tips.
Know the Basic Terminology
When learning how to fly fish, it's important that you know what you're talking about. Whether you take a lesson, learn from friends, or read-up on the sport, you should know a few simple terms. Here's a simple breakdown of basic terminology.
Know How to Assemble Your Equipment
Putting together your first fishing rod can seem daunting at first. With many pieces that all seem foreign, following a few simple steps can help.
Know How to String Your Rod
A poorly strung rod will not perform at its best, leaving you with more work and less success. Your rod will determine the type of line you need; check with the salesperson before purchasing anything.
To start, you'll want to double the string before looping it through your guides, making it less likely to slip out of your hand and back into the guide. Make sure to keep the line lubricated, and always be aware of keeping the line untangled. If this happens, back-cast a few times to get your lines back to normal. Even if you learn how to fly fish correctly, you're not going to catch a thing if you string your rod improperly.
Know How to Dress for the Sport
Now that you can talk the talk, you have to walk the walk, and that means dressing properly. Though it can get hot in the summer months, a tank top and shorts isn't appropriate for this sport. This is how you should dress:
Now that you know the lingo and proper dress code, it's time to get out with the experts, practice your cast, and learn how to fly fish.
Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors. Follow her on Google+.