A Beginner’s Guide To Fly Fishing

Are you looking for an activity to ease your boredom in a more creative way? Bravo! Fly fishing should be added to your list. It is not only enjoyable and keeps you fit, but it also allows you to catch fishes in an alternative-yet-easier way.


Fly fishing is the way of fishing in which you use artificial flies (known as lure or bait) to attract the fishes. The equipment for this type of fishing is generally lightweight and slightly different from regular fishing (we will discuss the differences in the next point).

The fly fishing equipment consisted of the fly, leader, the line, flying rods, and the reels. The flies – which are known as lure or bait – are very lightweight and mostly made from features, synthetic, fur, or thin hook. It is used at the tip of the fishing line with a leader to imitate the fish into thinking of it as food.

These flies differ from a regular bait that is used in traditional casting: the fact that the flies are very lightweight in which they can’t cast the flying line as far as the traditional bait. The reason why it’s called flies is that its hooks are commonly made from little weight materials imitating various types of flying insects such as mayflies, grasshopper, beetles, sedges – the favorite food of fish.


Most people think that fly fishing is very different and hard to do, while some are believed to do it as easily as regular fishing. The theory can be true and false.

  • First, fly fishing can be in various forms of attempts. Some may use the spinning rods. Some may prefer the reels with a 10-to-15 pound flying line.
  • Second, fly fishing is commonly seen conducting on moving water. It is believed to give challenges to fishers in regard to how many fishes they can catch. People may want to shift their fishing hobby’s atmosphere to different places that are listed on their destination. In this way, the activity seems to be less boring and keeps the fishers’ full attention to what they are going to do.
  • Third, there are different kinds of techniques to use in fly fishing. It may differ from regular fishing in terms of the weight of the flies that you can’t cast the flying line in an old way. Since the flies are lightweight, it would be difficult to cast the line as far as you want to compare to the heavy lure (with just a single swoop, you can adjust the distance as far as you want).

Besides, if you are not casting carefully enough, there’s a high chance you would lose the flies from the tip of the flying line. In this way, most people cast the flying line with a D shape in which it’s safer for preventing the loss of flies from the tip of your flying line and it as well prevents your lies from sticking onto an obstacle fishing area (if there’s a rock or tree behind your casting area, it would be even more stressing if your flies happen to stuck on those).


If you are interested in an adventurous journey in fishing with different kinds of places and atmospheres, fly fishing should be considered. Not only do you prevent yourself from just sitting still and waiting for the fishes to lure the bait, fly fishing challenges you to use strategy and technique to catch fishes faster in a fascinating way.

People mostly do fly fishing on the moving water (rivers, lakes, or ponds) as the water current could be advantageous in attracting the fish with the flies. However, deep water is not one of the advantages fly fishers should do.

First, the flies are little weight which means you can’t drive down your flies as much as you can. Second, even if you manage to drown your flies, it would be even harder to pull fishes from deep water with just a lightweight flying line. There’s a high chance the line goes broke as well.


Many questions have been made regarding the option between regular baiting and fly fishing, the fact that it’s fishing technique complexity and limitation, why would people want to do this.

First, fly fishing allows you to catch fishes with small things (known as the fly). The majority of local fish feed on food that is small in size. It allows you to imitate the hook as the small insects such as mayflies, nymphs, or larvae. With the material from features or synthetics, you can create the fly as you want it to be.

Second, the fly is beneficial in not spooking the fish away. With a regular bait in heavyweight, you have no choice but to splash the water whenever you cast the flying line. On the other hand, the lightweight of fly fishing’s hook allows you to not spook the fish away and that is very advantageous.

Third, many people argue that fly fishing is more fun and less boring in catching the fish. If you go fishing just for fun, the flying rods would serve you better than the spinning one. However, it depends on people’s favorite as well in which it is more subjective rather than objective observation.


Speaking of how many fishes it can catch compared to regular fishing, it is still debatable. Some would prefer regular fishing as it allows you to hook the fish in most types of water without much commitment and challenges.

On the other hand, some people would argue that fly fishing provides you a wide range of customization to your fishing experience. First, the utilization of flying-rods has been designed to serve you in a specific way. Once you set up the rod, now it’s time to customize your flying line in style, weight, and length as you want.

Besides the convenience of casting, the second advantage would be the wide range of fishes that you can catch with various types of flies. With different numbers of flies, you can attract the kind of fish you want with just a little research. This can improve your fishing experience in an alternative way which means you can also increase the chance of catching more fishes as well.


In conclusion, fly fishing is different from regular fishing for three main reasons. First, the casting method; while regular fishing requires less commitment to cast the line with a spinning rod, the fly fishing equipment is mostly lightweight in which it requires some technique to cast the line.

Second, the bait used in fly fishing – the flies are also lightweight while the lure in regular fishing is heavy. Despite its weight, the price of the flies is quite affordable with just 1-3 dollars each compared to the lure that cost more than this.

In short, fly fishing can provide you more opportunity to explore alternative ways of fishing despite its challenges. It can create a fun environment and provocation activities for you to catch fishes in a different method.

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