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Thoughts on fly fishing?

Definition of Fly fishing

If one goes to Wikepdia to look up a definition of Flyfishing the following is said

” Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates or other food organisms, or “lures” to provoke the fish to strike.

Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water. North Americans usually distinguish freshwater fishing between cold-water species (trout, salmon, steelhead) and warm-water species, notably bass. In Britain, where natural water temperatures vary less, the distinction is between game fishing for trout or salmon and coarse fishing for other species. Techniques for fly fishing also differ with habitat (lakes and ponds, small streams, large rivers, bays and estuarys, and Open Ocean.)

Author Izaak Walton called fly fishing “The Contemplative Man’s Recreation”.”

However Henry Winkler said it best when he said,  “The River is like a washing machine for my brain.”

All of this is very true if somewhat dry and for me the answer to the question “So… why fly fishing, what is the advantage?” has many answers. It is not the easiest way to catch fish and most fish will also more likely take a worm or tasty morsel of corn or maybe a flashy spinner of some sort pulled quickly through the water. Maybe it is almost too easy to take fish with baits and what appeals to me is fooling the fish using only it’s eye sight, using a fly I have thought about and tied myself. The feedback one gets from fishing is instantaneous, the fish either takes your fly or rejects it out right. After observing the water, the fish and the available food then selecting a fly appropriate for the conditions and then catching  one , well the feeling is indescribable.

There is an aura of mysticism and elitism around fly fishing that I guess stems from history  but I do feel that it is slowly being eroded and more and more folks are coming to appreciate fishing with a fly. The recent movement I have seen to catching Carp is a good example and one I am really enjoying. I believe it is a sport that truly is individual, and in that, has a place for everyone.  It has many parts for one to wrap your mind around, but can also be as simple as you want it to be.  I have a fly collection large enough to make quite an art display, although far too messy and disorganized.  Yet I know anglers far better than myself who carry only a few.  It can be what you make it, and the only way to see what it will be to you is to try it.

So “why”…..come wade through a stream and find out!


For a brilliant thoughtful piece of prose covering why fly fish look no further than http://www.uky.edu/~agrdanny/flyfish/muse/kanamoto.htm

Apr 24, 2013 | Category: News | Comments: none


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