The term ‘fly fishing’ just means that you are fishing with an artificial ‘fly’ to try and catch the big one. The fisherman (that’s you) cast the fly into the water with a fly reel, fly rod and a weighted line. The artificial flies are meant to look like food to the fish and they can be made from feathers or hair, both natural and artificial materials are used to make flies. What separates fly fishing from other forms of fishing is the fact that you are using an artificial fly. Fly fishing is also usually done in a specific location like lakes, ponds, estuaries or rivers. Fly fishing is meant to be relaxing rather than competitive and making flies more of an art form.
The Basics of Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is about balance within the fly tackle system, the leader, line, reel and rod all need to be in balance in order to have the best experience and great casts. Once you get that then you need to understand basic knots and connections in basic fly fishing. Let’s look at them.
- Albright Knot – this connects the fly line to the leader
- Arbor Knot – this connects the reel to the backing
- Double Surgeon’s Knot – this connects the leader to the tippet
- Improved Clinch Knot – this connects the tippet to the fly
- Nail Knot – this connects the fly line to the leader
Here is some help in tying these knots.
These are the basic fly fishing knots types used in fly fishing, although every fly fisherman will put their own twist on it. If you want to tie your fly fishing knots effectively, here are some things you need to keep in mind.
- Wet or lubricate the knot, you can use water or spit and it will help the knot to slide and seat properly.
- You need to use a continuous steady pull to make sure that the knot is tight and secure.
- Cut any material close to the knot with trimmers or scissors, do not try and burn or melt it because the heat will weaken the lines and you end up with fraying or shredded ends. That can also cause the knots to loosen.
- If your lines, leaders or tippets show any signs of wear and tear you need to replace them
The Key to a Successful Fly Fishing Trip
When you are on a fishing trip that is not the time you want to be playing with and testing your knots. The last thing you want is to be reeling in the big on and having your line break. This happens when your knots are not tied properly. Fly casting techniques are something you’re going to have to practice before you hit the water. Having an experienced fly fisherman teach you wouldn’t be a bad idea. The important thing is to just enjoy the trip.