Fishing can be an overwhelming sport. Enthusiasts often discover even with the proper equipment, they need additional insight into techniques and specific types of flies. The sport is not as complicated as the beginner may assume, and can be mastered with practice. And with new equipment becoming available, the veteran fly fisher can improve their performance.
Rods are now made to be lightweight. In this sport the rods are held for long periods, and heavier rods made from materials like wood have proven very uncomfortable. Present rods are made of materials like fiberglass, graphite, and bamboo. Rods are chosen based on the weight of the line the individual chooses.
There are several weights of lines. When choosing a line the individual should take the rod and other elements into consideration. Elements include the area the individual will be fishing, the flies they will be using, and whether they will be performing short or long casts.
A best fishing reel is the bonding piece of the rod. The reel holds and winds the line and backing. The backing serves as a backup if a fish takes off with the line, and results in quicker retrieval of the line. There are also reels made for saltwater use, and should be rinsed in fresh water after use to prevent corrosion.
Assembling the rod can be relatively simple. A popular method is to gather the rod, reel, and a white candle. The trick is to rub the paraffin wax from the candle onto the male parts of the rod where the pieces fit together, to prevent the rod from sticking or coming apart.
The fisherman will need a few other items. Flies, leaders, and tippets are chosen based on the type of environment the sport will take place in. Other gear commonly used is a fishing vest, a fly box, climate based products like sunscreen and bug repellent and wading fisherman may choose to bring along waders.
There are quite a lot of techniques for the sport. A basic casting method is to practice making the letter “C” loop with the line. The line will make a “whoosh” sound in a forward cast, and the fly should not hit the water behind the fisherman. The line will go once the rod has come to a stop.
The fishing enthusiast can always increase their success. Whether a beginner or seasoned veteran, with the adequate gear and techniques any fisherman can tackle this sport with ease. As with any sport, once the basics are covered the rest is left to practice.