Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners

Little Known Tips on Fly Fishing for the Beginners

Fly fishing is an ancient method for fishing salmon and trout. The following fly fishing tips for beginners will be helpful, if you are looking to have some 'fishing fun'.
HobbyZeal Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Fly fishing can be done anywhere, be it freshwater or saltwater bodies. Even freshwater can be divided into three categories; cold water, cool water and warm water. There are many types of fish that you can target while fly fishing. They are trout, salmon, pike, perch, steelhead, etc. But every type of fishing requires some kind of bait. So your effort should always begin with the bait. For this purpose, artificial flies are used. While choosing an artificial bait for fly fishing, many factors have to be considered. Therefore, here are some tips on fly fishing for beginners.

Equipment Needed

Is there any need to assert the importance of the right fly fishing tackle (Fishing gear is also known as tackle, by the way)? The right equipment, proper technique, right place and loads of patience is going to get you more fly fish than you can count.
  • Fly rods
  • Fly reels
  • Specialized fly lines
  • Terminal tackle
  • Other equipment like gadgets, maintenance apparel, etc.
Tricks and Tips for Fly Fishing

The following tips will definitely help an angler to catch a fly fish.
  • Artificial Flies: The nature of artificial flies have to be understood properly. It is very important to know whether your targeted fish will be lured by your bait. If you end up catching the wrong fish, your efforts will only be wasted. You also need to understand the underwater movement of the bait. Only the right kind of movement of the bait will lure the fish.
  • Feeding Characteristics: Gather as much information as you can about the feeding habits of a fly fish. If the fish only feeds in deep water and never in shallow water, then what's the point of setting up a bait in the shallow waters? Knowledge about feeding tips are very important.
  • Fish Selection: Well, you need to have knowledge about the fish that would suit you the best. Doesn't it make sense to catch those fish which you like the most and are very easy for you to catch too! Fish for salmon if you like salmon, fish for trout if you like trout, and likewise.
  • Camouflage in the Surroundings: If you are easy to spot, how would you lure the fish? Try not to look very different from your surroundings. Even the color of the line should be similar to the surroundings. Nothing should have a feel of being out-of-the-ordinary. This way, you are most likely to lure the fly fish into the trap.
  • No Noise: Be very quiet while you are fishing. Again, as dark colors can attract attention, so can the noise. Fly fish can be alarmed by the tiniest of sounds. Be prepared to sit quiet for long periods of time.
  • Location for Fishing: Select the locations in such a way that the probability of catching fish is very high. If the local lake doesn't have any salmon, then go for the streams. Half of your work is done if you select the right location for fishing. This is the foremost tip given to a beginner while he / she learns how to fish.
  • Holding the Rod: You have to learn how to hold the rod firmly, yet have a relaxed grip. Too much of a tight grip will eventually wear your hands out, you don't want tired hands when the fish has actually taken the bait.
  • Practice: Learning how to fish will all become a waste if you don't practice hard. Chances that you may forget fly fishing are very high, if you do not practice regularly. If there's a big gap, then you might have to learn how to fish all over again.
The above were just a few of the important fly fishing basics that one should know. But the most important of all the fly fishing tips for beginners would be to carry a life-jacket at all times while fishing. A life-jacket can be the difference between life and death. You can also ask a friend to accompany you whenever you go fishing. So, have fun fly fishing with your friends.