Where the Fishing is the story and not the other way around!
As the Montana Minister and his sons knew, there is something spiritual, dare we say holy about the graceful dance called fly fishing. Learning to execute it with skill is a religious pilgrimage that all outdoor enthusiasts must someday make on their journey to enlightenment and legend. For the haunting words that lie unspoken to those who find rhythm in their masterful casts tell us that Heaven is right here on Earth. And anyone who has filled their creel with the bounty of trout, salmon, bass or any of the other beautiful adversaries of this sport, can tell you the same.
What many people don’t know is that fly fishing is not limited to just rivers and streams, in fact you can fly fish in lakes and the ocean as well. Just know that once you decide to make this pilgrimage and give your patient self over to learning the ways of fly fishing, a river will run through your heart.
Here are some of the basics you will need to know to get started Fly Fishing:
Fly Fishing Rods
Fly Fishing Rods are different than other types of fishing rods and knowing where you are planning on fly fishing and for what type of fish will determine just what kind of Fly Fishing Rod you will need to use. As with all types of fishing, a reputable fishing guide can help you determine your needs and make the most of getting started in Fly Fishing.
Reel and Line
The right Fly Reel and line are extremely important for success at Fly Fishing. There are many different types of Fly Reels and Fly Fishing line to consider, and again we recommend using a reputable fishing guide to help you navigate these metaphoric waters.
Leaders and Tippets
You will need Fly Fishing Leaders and Tippets to make sure that you are presenting the Fly to the fish in a way that resembles an insect the best. There are many great Fly Fishing Outfitters and reputable fishing guides that can help you learn the fine points of Fly Fishing Leaders and Tippets.
Choosing the right Fly is crucial, but don’t be intimidated. This part is more science than art. The Fly is meant to imitate the insects or Hatches that the fish are feeding on and naturally occur where you are Fly Fishing. If you are just getting started or fishing somewhere new the knowledge that a reputable guide can provide in this matter is invaluable. The holy trinity of Flies is dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. The latter is what you use to catch the bigger fish. And in the world of fishing, big fish are usually the prize catch.
Waders are not always necessary but often make the experience a little more enjoyable.
Learning to master the techniques of both the casting and the tying and mending of Flies and line is like learning fine art skills. It is not to be taken lightly, but once mastered will allow you to fully enjoy Fly Fishing. Not to worry though, the process of learning the Fly Cast, Roll Cast, and Two Stroke Cast is a great deal of fun and will leave you with a great sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. As with every pilgrim on a journey to something beyond themselves following the tutelage of a learned master will help you achieve Fly Fishing enlightenment. We here at Campers & Gear recommend that you seek out a reputable fishing guide who can teach you not only how to Fly Cast but how to tie Flies and mend line as well. They can even teach you how to Haul Cast so that you can make the most of Fly Fishing on windy days.
Now that you are ready for the fishing to be the story rather than having it the other way around, we know that you will find what you’ve always been looking for in the graceful dance of Fly Fishing. That is why we here at Campers & Gear have taken the time to put together the best list of reputable Fly Fishing guides anywhere, so that you can spend less time researching and more time fishing!