There are plenty of nice adjectives that get kicked around when we talk about fly fishing – serene, peaceful, patient – but easy is generally not one of them. Fly fishing is hard, no doubt about it, and there is plenty of room for errors that can make it even more challenging. These simple errors sometimes discourage novice fly fishers and keep them from pursuing the sport further. Fortunately, many of these mistakes can be easily identified and rectified, making the experience of fly fishing a whole lot more enjoyable. Today we'll look at a few of these common mistakes.
Approach with Caution
It's easy to get excited and go happily sloshing out into the Colorado River, but this is probably not in your best interest. Bear in mind, any sudden, noisy movements you make will immediately be noticed by any fish in the area. Before you enter a stream or river, scout it out from the shore. Look for any spots with lots of insect activity. There are likely to be fish nearby, and the imitation insect at the end of your line will have an easier time blending in. If you see any rocks jutting out of the water, consider using them as a perch while you fish. This will give you a bird's eye view of the water and minimize your chances of spooking the fish.
Slow and Steady
A fast, rushed cast has a greater chance of spooking fish and tangling your line. Do your best to stay relaxed and find a nice, slow cadence for your cast. It will take a good deal of practice and diligence to maintain this relaxed posture, but it will also greatly increase your chances of success.
Remember the Plan
It's called fly fishing for a reason. The goal is to imitate the action of an insect on the end of your line, thereby enticing unwitting fish to take a nibble on your hook. Before you head off to a local fishing hole, do some research to find out what kind of insects are common to that ecosystem. Choose your flies accordingly and do your best to imitate the movement of the real thing. Getting fish to buy your insect parody will also take time, but it is one of the most rewarding aspects of fly fishing technique.
Learning to fly fish shouldn’t scare away those who are looking to enjoy nature and take part in the rich American pastime. At Marble Canyon Outfitters, you can learn new techniques right here at Lee’s Ferry on the breathtaking Colorado River. Visit our website to get started today.
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