Fly fishing line is completely different from other types of fishing line. When fly fishing, the line weight carries the fishing fly — which is almost weightless — to the water. That’s why things like line weight and tapers are important.
Say you are on the river or lake, and you see all kinds of insects flying around. You see bugs in the air and bugs on the water. So you think: “I need to match the hatch” to catch these fish. Which for the uninitiated means: try to match the live flies you are witnessing with a good imitation. Here’s my tip: Try something different instead!
Let’s go over some of the basic fly casting techniques. Most of the links provided in this article go to videos so you can actually see the right way to cast a fly rod.
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You may find it confusing when choosing fly fishing hooks the first time. However, the type of fly hooks you use are very important. Here’s what you need to know about fly hooks — both freshwater hooks and saltwater hooks.
The saltwater flies you choose will depend on whether you’re fishing offshore, in shallow-water flats/estuaries/mangrove jungles, or on the ocean floor.
While the bait vs fly debate continues… here’s what you need to know about fly fishing bait and lures, specifically with regard to saltwater fishing.