When fly fishing, an artificial fly is utilized to catch a fish. In this type of angling method the fly is made up of a fly rod, reel and a specifically made weighted line. The weightless lure or fly needs an overall different technique to be casted as opposed to other forms of casting. Hand tied flies are used by many fly fishermen which closely resemble the natural invertebrates or food organisms which lures the fish to itself inciting it to strike.

Fly fishing is done both on salt or fresh water. In North America freshwater fishing is mainly distinguished between the cold-water species (salmon, trout, and steelhead) and the warm-water species, mainly bass. However in Britain where the natural water temperatures do not vary much the distinction is made between game fishing for salmon or trout and coarse fishing for the other species. Different techniques are employed in different habitats in this fishing style such as in small streams, Open Ocean, large rivers, lakes and ponds and bays and estuaries.

The line used in this form of fishing is mostly coated with plastic and is heavy enough in order to send the fly towards the target. Fly fishing is different from bait or spin fishing in the respect that the weight of the line carries the hook over the air in fly fishing whereas in bait or spin fishing the weight of the sinker or lure at the end of the line gives its casting distance. The artificial flies used can be of different types, some may look like insects or bait fish while others are attractors that may look like nothing in nature. These flies can sink or float and can range from a few millimeters to almost 30cm long. The flies are made by fastening feathers, hair, fur or other natural or synthetic material on a hook. The synthetic materials are now much more popular and widespread as compared to the natural materials which were earlier used. The flies are tied in patterns, sizes and colors in order to match the local aquatic and terrestrial insects or baitfish which would be attractive to the target fish species.

This kind of fishing is very much renowned for catching salmon and trout, but it is also utilized for a variety of other species as well including grayling, pike, carp, bass and panfish and also the marine species such as tarpon, redfish, striped bass, snook and bonefish. Many unintended species such as rudd, chub and beam are also caught by such fly anglers while fishing for the main species such as the trout. It is always a good idea to stay abreast of the fishing news in order to stay informed about the current updates on tournaments, boating, fishing and more.

David Josh spends most of his time writing about Fly Fishing. He has been a web content writer for several years and has great understanding of Trout Fishing and freshwater ecosystems.

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