Fly fishing

Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial fly is used to deceive the fish. Casting techniques differ significantly from other forms of casting since the fly line is heavy enough to send the fly to the fish. Fly anglers use hand tied flies that resemble different food forms to entice the fish to strike or take it. Fly fishing has spread all over the world and is now practiced in both fresh and saltwater. The gear and techniques are so vast that these fall in different categories among fly fishing.

Fly fishing History

Throughout recorded history men have fished in an effort to provide food for themselves and their families. However, fishing for food is not the only motive man has. The fascination that millions of individuals have for fishing can be ascribed to a desire to outwit the fish. It also provides an escape from the tribulations we all experience everyday. Sports-fishing is popular in almost every country of the world and is a pastime practiced by millions. When man first began to fish he used a Gorge rather than a hook (hooks came later). A Gorge consisted of a piece of wood, bone, or stone that had been sharpened at both ends. The earliest hooks were made from bone about 3000 years ago in the south of Europe. They were of a simple design, but similar to modern-day hooks. Early references to fishing with rod and line can be found on the ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. The first flies were produced after man discovered, much to his surprise, that covering the hook with feathers tricked the fish to take. The technique used by these early fishermen was to simply lay the artificial fly on the water's surface.

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Fish species

Fly fishing is most renowned as a method for catching trout, grayling and salmon, but it is also used for a wide variety of species including pike, bass, panfish, and carp, as well as marine species, such as redfish, snook, tarpon, bonefish and striped bass. Many fly anglers catch other species such as chub, bream and rudd while fishing for 'main target' species such as trout. A growing population of anglers attempt to catch as many different species as possible with the fly. With the advancement of technology and development of stronger rods and reels, larger predatory saltwater species such as wahoo, tuna, marlin and sharks have become target species on fly. Realistically any fish can be targeted and captured on fly as long as the main food source is effectively replicated by the fly and suitable gear is used to bring the fish.

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Fly fishing around the world

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Rivers of Patagonia, Esquel, Esquel, Argentina

Rivers of Patagonia, Esquel, Esquel, Argentina

Fishing Reports • Jan 29, 2020

Esquel, Esquel, Argentina Laguna Larga, Futaleufú y Yelcho We hadn't done a great Patagonian trip for some time, so Luis San Miguel organized for us a fishing week during the...

Fly Fishing in Uruguay with URUWILD

Fly Fishing in Uruguay with URUWILD

Articles • Feb 11, 2020

How was your fishing operation in Uruguay born?Since I was 3 years old I was fond of fishing and nature, I then evolved as a fisherman getting to know different environments and I ...

Sava Bohinjka River, Bled, Gorenjska region, Slovenia

Sava Bohinjka River, Bled, Gorenjska region, Slovenia

Fishing Reports • Feb 10, 2020

Bled, Gorenjska region, Slovenia TIC-TAC, tic-tac, wait and track, wait and try.. try some more⦠than do one perfect cast AND CATCH YOUR MONSTER HUCHO!! Hahaha.. Yes, I might ...

Sava Bohinjka River, Bled, Bled, Slovenia

Sava Bohinjka River, Bled, Bled, Slovenia

Fishing Reports • Jan 30, 2020

Bled, Bled, Slovenia WOOOW... I believe there is some thing here that might get your interest! As far back as I remember (and my memory is not bad) I can not find a Fly Fisherman, ...

Fly fishing products

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Dr. Slick Spring Creek Clamp 5" Straight

Dr. Slick Spring Creek Clamp 5" Straight

$14.50 USD - Dr. Slick - Fishing Tools & Accessories

Dr. Slick Spring Creek Clamp 5" Straight

DeYoung Pilsner Glass

DeYoung Pilsner Glass

$20.00 USD - Derek DeYoung - Gift Items

Heavy duty glasses, 16 oz. Pilsner. These Pilsner glasses showcase the best of Derek’s Abstract Fish Flank Series in a beautiful fully wrapped print within the glass that almo...

Urban Angler Unstructured Trucker Hat

Urban Angler Unstructured Trucker Hat

$24.95 USD - Urban Angler - Clothing

Great unstructured trucker hat that is lightweight, comfortable. Hook and Loop closure for the perfect fit.  Shoreline Camo with white mesh back.

Slinky Flash

Slinky Flash

$7.95 USD - Raymond Rumpf & Sons - Fly Tying

8" long strands of durable material with just the right amount of flash mixed in to grab the fishes attention. Used for saltwater patterns as well as freshwater streamers and scuds.