Part I: Fly Fishing for beginners - What Every Fly Fisher Needs to Know

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In Reading this blog this blog your are interested in catching fish. Maybe you never fished before or just want to learn something new. Three whether you are experience or novice all anglers need:


  • Fish
  • Fisherman
  • Gear


A fish

Cold blooded animal live in the water, fins, breath oxygen through it gills. Fish like eels have fins, manta rays have fins to navigate, breath through gills.


You the angler is concerned, fish eat: other fish, insects and other crustaceans, reptile, that live int the water. Some fish even in plants. Fishing is the art of convincing the fish that the hook on the end of the line is dinner!


Whether you are using bait, lures, or fly. A fish usually bits because it thinks that you are serving up an easy meal. Sometimes they bit because the fish is protecting their young.



What are parts that make up a fish

You don’t need to be a fish biologist to know all the parts of a fish. Only a few parts. They have a torpedo shape to move in moving water or in tides. Fins propel and guide their movement. Gills to breath. Lateral lines special sensor organ to detect vibration in the water, like bait…





A fish life

An average day a fish has two basic requirements:

  • Eating
  • Not being eaten


So food and shelter is high on a fishes list of things to do during the day. Of course making babies comes into play at certain times of the year, but that a subject in different book. When looking at a fishing spot, you need to ask two questions:


What will the fish going to probably eat here?

How will the fish avoid predators here?


Foods source


What will the fish going to probably eat? Answer is try to figure out which fly to use to trick the fish in biting a hook with feathers tied on. Taking a close look into the water and see what food is swimming around. Then try to imitate with a fly. Guessing the right food the fish are feeding on is not hard. Typically there are insects, bait fish, crawfish and worms that is part of a fishes diet.


Safe place to hide


Most of the time fish want to stay in there safe hiding spot, where predators can not see them or reach them. Like people, fish need to go shopping: when these fish are out roaming looking for food is when the angler can catch them. Fish out looking for a delicious morsal is more likely to get caught than one hiding under a rock or tree. Safety first most important to a fish. So knowing the answer to these important questions is very helpful in catching fish.


Fishes three ways to escape being caught


Dark hideout: Look for fish  in dark places or shadowy areas. Low light is also where they feed the most dusk or dawn.


Hide underneath: fish can hide undercut banks, nearby rocks and fall trees.


Deep water: on bright day fish my go deeper into the water column to hide. Down there it may not feel the need to hide out of sight.



Fishing Versus Angling


Fisherman is simple a person who fishes. Gear can be spear gun, bare hands, and nets. An angler is someone who angles (Old English term for fishing) with rod and reel. This blog is about angling.


Your main tool is a fishing rod (deep stuff). Rods can be 9 feet longer or shorter. Made of all kinds of materials. Some rods are graphite, or other space age composites. Some might be made of fiberglass or bamboo.

The rod you choice is based on the type of fishing you will do. Three basic types of rods are, bait-casting, spinning and fly rods. Can be expensive to buy many high quality rods. I recommend you purchase the cheapest rod for which ever fishing you want to do and test it out. Just starting out with a starter kit makes sense until you get the feel or see if you even like baiting hooks or swinging a fly. If you start with the best money can buy you usually end up with too much rod.


Good manufactures of rods are Orvis, Redding, Cortland, and Sage. Some kits contain rod real and line. Once you get the feel with the starter kit you then can upgrade to a more expensive system and of course catch more fish…


Good rule of thumb when it comes to rod breakage. I will happen at the car or truck always. Slammed in the door or in the trunk. Always break it down and put in a case for safe transport. You will be glad you did and have many years of enjoyment with your new rod…





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