fly fishing

There are many different fly fishing streamer patterns that will likely land you a trophy trout to put into your fly fishing creel. Wooly buggers are leach imitations, and work great in mossy or murky water situations, in rivers or lakes. Weighted wooly buggers get down faster, and are ideal for fast moving water. Muddler minnows mimic a wounded minnow. They are made of elk hair and large feathers, with silver ribbon tied around the shank of the hook adding flash. These flies have the movement and lifelike appearance of a minnow, with the flash that can attract a large fish from a large distance or in murky water.

Because the majority of fly fishing is done for trout and salmon species, many think that this type of fishing is aimed at primarily at these species. Most articles and books about fly fishing discuss techniques and fly patterns that will catch fish such as brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead and the various different salmonids. So it is not surprising that many believe that fly fishing is aimed at trout and salmon only.

Fly tying is the process of producing an artificial fly used by fly fishing anglers to catch fish. Helen Shaw, an American professional fly tyer, defined it as the “simple process of binding various materials to a hook with thread.” However, with modern materials, thread is not always necessary as UV-cured resins can be used to fix materials to the hook.


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Fly boxes are designed to store and carry artificial flies in an organized manner. The typical fly angler carries one or more fly boxes while fly fishing. Fly boxes are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and configurations. Fly boxes store flies using a variety of foam, plastic, clip, metal and containing mechanisms. Probably the most famous fly boxes are made in England by Richard Wheatley who have been manufacturing these since 1860 and maybe the oldest continuous makers of fly fishing tackle in the world.

Fly fishing Utah’s Green River highlights of 2013 with the crew from Spinner Fall Guide Service. All footage taken with a GoPro 3. Still photography by Jaymo…

Rods are matched to the line according to weight. The rod’s manufacturer will mark on the rod the fly line weights for which a rod has been designed. One-weight (1wt) rods and lines are the lightest; the weight designations increase up to the heaviest readily available rods and lines at 16-weight (16wt). In general, 1wt through 2wt would be in the class used for small trout, and panfish, 3wt and 4wt are popular for small-stream fishing, 5wt is often considered the all-around rod for trout, 6wt and 7wt are used on large rivers and for fishing with streamers, 8wt to 9wt rods and lines might be used for steelhead or salmon in medium rivers, as well as for bass fishing with large flies and as lightweight salt water use, and 10-11wt rods and lines would be used for pursuing large salt water gamefish under conditions of high wind or surf. The heaviest rods (12-16wt) are mostly used for bluewater species (billfish, tuna) while fishing from a boat. The characteristics of these rods reflect the fact that only short casts are needed during this type of fly fishing, while lifting ability is at a premium.

Some of the best fishing you will find is in smaller bodies of water. Small county lakes and slow moving creeks are perfect for fly fishing. Slow moving creeks are a favorite, this is because can use the shore to cast from and position your fly in a favorable position, such as, beneath trees.

This is because weeds in rich rivers tend to grow closer to the surface, thus traditional wet fly fishing is almost ineffective. Dry fly fishing is thus useful by keeping the fly and the line floating on the surface. This makes fish excited and aggressive; the angler can then spot the location of the fish and in turn catches fish easier.

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