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Fly-fishing involves using artificial flies made of feathers and other materials to imitate insects that fish eat.
Flies also can imitate minnows, crayfish and other things, so you can catch just about anything with a fly rod.

Fly fishing is so fabricated as being difficult making it reluctant for many anglers to even give it a fair chance.

Don't get me wrong, fly fishing can be tougher to learn than fishing with conventional tackle.

Most people start fishing by throwing lures or bait, which teaches them how to cast a heavy weight on a light line. In fly fishing, you throw a light fly with a heavy line. Switching from one to the other can be difficult.

With the appropriate equipment and proper instructions, you should be able to cast the line reasonably well within a few hours.

Another misconception is that fly fishing is just for trout.
Virtually all species of fish can be taken on a fly.
 Trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, salmon, walleye, blue gill, crappie, you name it, all come readily to a well-placed fly. Rivers, lakes, creeks, brooks, farm ponds, bays, streams and the ocean offer infinite possibilities for you to catch every species of fish imaginable.

Now that we cleared that up, let's begin.

Since most people are familiar with spin-fishing, Analogies between fly fishing and spin-fishing will be used to help you better understand what fly fishing is all about.


When spin-fishing, you cast a lure attached to a very thin line with a spinning rod.
The lure has weight and this loads the rod to propel it towards your target.
The fishing line is just along for the ride. 

When fly fishing, you cast a flyline attached to a leader and fly with a flyrod.
The fly is almost weightless.
The leader it is attached to, which is usually around 9 feet long, is very similar to standard spinning line. This is attached to a flyline, which is usually about 90 feet long. The flyline is made of a flexible plastic and is much larger in diameter than spinning line and much heavier. This attaches to the flyrod, which is usually between 7 and 10 feet.
When flycasting, the flyline provides the weight to load the rod and propel itself towards the target, with the leader and fly just along for the ride. It is very important to understand that you are casting the line, not the fly.
The line and the rod have to be matched to each other in order to work properly.

In spinfishing there is a large tolerance between what works and what doesn't.
You could put 10 pound test on an ultra light and 6 pound test on a saltwater rod and they would both work.

Flyrods and flylines have to be matched carefully.

Fly fishing gear can be expensive, but you can keep costs down by sticking with the items you really need. They are: rod, reel, line (and backing), leaders, tippet, flies, fly boxes, floatant, forceps and nippers.

The rod and the line are where you want to spend the most money.

Rods come in various lengths and are built to cast various weights of line. A heavier, longer rod allows you to use heavy flies, fight big fish and cast better in wind.

A 7-foot rod built to cast 3-weight line is for casting small flies to small fish on small streams. A nine-foot rod built to cast 12-weight line is made for casting where big fish roam and heavy winds blow, such as on the ocean. Most people start with a rod in the middle, such as an 8 1/2- or 9-foot 5-weight. This type of rod will serve you well.

You can find out more detailed information on fly fishing equipment here.

        The whole purpose of fly fishing, besides the grace and beauty of it, is to cast almost weightless flies and present them in the most delicate manner.

It would be impossible to cast most flies with any other kind of gear, and to match the delicate presentations you can achieve with a flyrod would be just as impossible.
This is why most people think of trout when they hear the word fly fishing.
The flyrod is the tool of choice for most trout fisherman, especially in streams. Trout in streams need to be fooled with realistic imitations of their usual diet. And most of their diet consists of small stream insects.

So now you might be wondering why you would want to use a flyrod on something like a bass that likes a big meal. The flyrod can still be more productive in certain situations because of the delicate presentation, but most people do it for the challenge and the joy they get from using such a marvelous tool.

After enough practice, the casting and other details become second nature and fly-fishing is a great way to relax from everyday life.

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It is important that people who fish follow all fishing rules and regulations.
These rules help conserve fish populations and also help anglers be successful.
Regulations may limit the size of, number of, and season that a type of fish may be caught, and may require a license to fish. In some cases, only “catch and release” fishing is allowed, which means the fish must be let go. Some bait is illegal in certain areas.
Contact your state wildlife agency by visiting Our Rules and Regulations Page.

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