Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lee's Ferry Fly Fishing for Beginners: Assembling the Tackle

Those looking to start fly-fishing are likely already experienced in spin fishing. Because of the differing techniques, aspiring anglers will need to put together a new tackle before practicing their cast. These are the parts that you’ll need to become familiar with.

Much like the baton of a symphony conductor, anglers see their rods as extensions of their bodies, an appendage used to direct a graceful work of art. They come in 2-piece, 3-piece, and 4-piece varieties depending on how portable the rod needs to be when unassembled. Longer fly rods provide better line control, but are difficult to maneuver in small spaces. Most beginners start with a medium weight.

Fly reels hold the line. The mechanisms involved with pulling in a catch are usually the most important factors when shopping for reels. Some are more sensitive than others are, and each reel has a different drag system to keep a potential catch from swimming away. You’ll also need to decide whether you’ll be reeling in with your left or right hand. There is more than one method of handling a reel, so ask a knowledgeable shopkeeper to show you different ways, and decide which one feels best.

Fly Line
This is what most differentiates fly-fishing from the more common spin fishing. Different fly lines are ideal depending on what type of fish you are targeting. Also, fly line needs to be properly paired with the rod. Unlike lines used in spin fishing, fly lines provide the weight needed to deliver the bait. Due to its goal of mimicking the landing of an insect to lure a fish, this delivery is referred to as the “presentation”. Fly lines should be cleaned between uses.

Fly Leader
The fly leader essentially extends the fly line, although with a special shape and material for a more delicate and convincing presentation.  It can be tied to the fly line by hand, and should also be chosen based on the specific type of fishing you will use it for.

All of these feet upon feet of rod and fly line end, after a good cast, with the presentation of the fly. The fly should be a replica of a native insect appealing to the type of fish. It’s attached to the tippet at the end of the fly leader.

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