Hunting and fishing are very popular with people all over the United States. More than 38 million people engage in these activities. U.S. Fish andamp; Wildlife data put the number of fly anglers at about 3.83 million. More and more women are getting in on the action and currently about 35% of fly anglers are women. The fly fishing market in the United States is currently valued at nearly $750 million. If you are looking to pick up a contemplative sport and hobby, this might be the one for you. Whether you know anything about fly reels or not, you can pick up fly fishing in almost no time at all.
Tips to Get You Started Fly Fishing:andnbsp;
- Learn how to cast. The first thing you need to do when you start fly fishing, is learn how to cast. You will most likely spend a lot of your time when you first start on casting your fly reels but do not give up on it. No one is born knowing how to cast so just be patient with it and yourself. If you have friends or family who are good at fly fishing ask them for their help with it.
- Put your gear together. You need to take special care when you put your gear together. If you have a graphite rod, you will need to follow the instructions on putting it together very carefully. If you do not know the best way to do this, ask at the shop where you bough or rented it. They should be able to help you get everything you need and put together the way it is supposed to be done.
- Learn the lingo. Like every other hobby and sport in the world, fly fishing has its own terminology. For instance, you hold the rod at the butt. The guides are the round metal items that stick out. Take some time to get to know the language and vocabulary of the fly fisherman. It is not enough to know what fly reels and rods are and you will get a lot more out of your fly fishing experience if you can talk to the talk. It will make learning the actual skills of fly fishing a lot easier if you know what people are talking about when they give you instruction.
- Get to know your fly reels. You should learn how to take a fly reel totally apart. Additionally, you should get to understand how to change the cassettes or spools. You should work on these skills until they come naturally and smoothly so that you barely have to think about doing these tasks as you do them. Take care to mark each line. Know what the drag adjustment is and learn how it works.
- Pick a grip. Spend some time working on what grip gives you the best control. If you are right handed, most experts recommend using your left had for the crank of the fly reels. For your casting you just should do what is the most comfortable for you. Try out both hands and see which is better. There is no right or wrong answer, just what does and does not work for you.
- Dress for success. You will have a much better time out on the water fly fishing if you are comfortable doing it. You also do not want to let all the fish know you are coming by wearing bright and flashy colored fly fishing vests. Your goal with your clothing is to blend in as much as possible. Beginners sometimes do not realize that most fish have excellent eye sight. You do not want to scare them away or give them a heads up to your presence.
Fly fishing is a fun hobby that you can enjoy with your entire family. You can take your family on fly fishing vacations where you can spend quality time bonding over the trout you catch. Just getting the chance to spend time outdoors with the people who are important in your life can be a great experience for everyone. If your family enjoys hunting or other kinds of fishing, you can all learn to fly fish together making your time out on the water fun for all.