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Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

by Bob Malott

Fly fishing has become a lost art. Because of the way it has developed in the last few years, it
has become considered a fancy sport which is used only by the more affluent. Fortunately this is
not truly the case. One can begin to learn to fly fish with a minimal investment and can open
new worlds of fishing excitement to the surprise of many beginners.
Fishing with a fly rod allows you to feel the fish more during the “fight” to bring him in. Once
you really learn the art you will find yourself wanting to spend more time with a fly rod because
of the excitement of the catch.
Anyone can learn to fly fish with a little practice – it’s not that difficult.
It is important that you follow some very specific rules, learn a few fundamentals, and work to
avoid some bad habits, which if learned early, can be hard to break.
A lot of money does not have to be spent on getting started. Fly fishing outfits can be purchased
at Wal-Mart and Bass Pro Shops. The outfits usually come with the pole, reel, and line. The
only thing you have to add is about 7-8 feet of leader of the appropriate weight and the fly. Line
dressing may also be needed on some lines because it is important that the fly line itself does not
sink below the water surface – it should lay on top of the water out to the leader.
I learned on an automatic reel and even used it for several years before I went to a conventional
one. The automatic reel makes it easier to retrieve the line. It has a spring which tightens as the
line is stripped off. To retrieve the line takes only a push of the lever on the reel and can be done
with the same hand that the pole is held with. It makes it easier for a beginner while they are
trying to learn all of the other aspects of casting and retrieving.
* 8-9 ft AFTM (7) medium — good action (not too stiff)
* Fly reel (suggest automatic to learn) – South Bend makes a good inexpensive one.
* Fly line to match the pole (#7 with # 7, etc.)
* Leader of the appropriate weight (can be tapered – but not necessary to learn)
* Fly – suggest a popper by Betts or similar in chartreuse or white (#10 hook). As your tackle
grows you can add bumble bees and other colors.
* Line dressing
* Small hand held fly box to fit in pocket to carry flies
Casting 1. Pick an open area next to the water which is void of trees, bushes, and other obstacles.
2. Strip about 8-12 feet of line off (including the leader) and lay it out in the water in front of
you with your pole pointing toward where the fly is in the water.
3. Practice casting this amount of line before you strip out any more.
4. To retrieve and recast (making sure there is no slack in your line), with a smooth
acceleration using your wrist bring the pole from the 3:00 position to the 12:00 -1:00 position
with a firm STOP. As you get a little experience you can actually feel the fly and line get all the
way back to the end of the line.
5. When you feel that tug, smoothly accelerate the pole and line forward to the 3:00 position
and STOP. Remember, the line follows the rod tip so point the rod where you want the fly to
go. Also, in the back retrieve, if you go past 1:00 the pole is going to be pointed closer to the
ground and that’s where your fly will end up.
6. As you gain confidence and control, you can strip 1-2 feet of line off of your reel at a time
prior to the back cast process but be sure that you have no slack in the line as you accelerate
backwards to the 1:00 STOP point.
7. With a little practice you will get to the point where the line will roll right out to the end and
land exactly where you want it to.
8. With your pole pointed toward the fly and with no slack in the line begin to work the fly by
shaking the tip of the pole. Slowly retrieve line with your left hand.
9. Different action will be required under different conditions. Sometimes they will hit on the
move other times when it is still. Often you have to stop the fly and let it sit.
10. When you get the hit pull the rod immediately and leave no slack in the line during
retrieval. (this is where an automatic reel works better for beginners).
Don’t forget, you’re casting the line – the fly is just going along for the ride. Practice, practice,
I was privileged to learn to fly fish from my father when we lived in Palm Beach County,
Florida. Dad was an excellent fisherman who was very much in demand for fishing trips to the
rim canals around Lake Okeechobee because he had a reputation of bringing back plenty of fish
on most occasions. He was a wonderful man who loved Jesus and I also knew he loved me.
He was always a picture of my heavenly Father who loved me unconditionally. Our heavenly
Father loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus to come to earth so that He could be
crucified for our sins and rise again on the third day. That is a love far above any earthly love.
And the best part is all we have to do is accept Him into our heart as our personal savior. He will
come in and direct our every step. What a security that is – just like the security I got from my
dad during the time I was growing up and spending time with him.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: 1 John 3:1a (KJV)