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

Fly fishing trips

In Fly dreamers we have a special section created for those who want to organize their next fly-fishing adventure. Here you will find the best guides, outfitters, lodges and hotels from around the world together with photos, videos, rates & more. Plus, you will have access to exclusive trips and deals offered by Fly dreamers.

Uros Kristan - Urko Fishing Adventures

Uros Kristan - Urko Fishing Adventures

Slovenia - Guide, Fly Tying instructor, Casting instructor

Martin Aylwin Fernandez

Martin Aylwin Fernandez

Chile - Casting instructor

Gustavo Pucci

Gustavo Pucci

Argentina - Guide, Fly Tying instructor, Casting instructor

Fly fishing contents

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Nera River, Arezzo,perugia, spoleto, Italy

Nera River, Arezzo,perugia, spoleto, Italy

Fishing Reports • Mar 22, 2017

Arezzo,perugia, spoleto, Italy Nera is a spring creek that flows through a steep and narrow Umbrian limestone valley. This section of âNo Killâ began in 1994. It isfamo...

Nera River, Spoleto, tuscany umbria, Italy

Nera River, Spoleto, tuscany umbria, Italy

Fishing Reports • Mar 22, 2017

Spoleto, tuscany umbria, Italy My husband and I are fly-fishing partners and owners of an antique fishing tackle business called Angling Artifacts. We reside in and operate our bus...

Big Wood River, Sun Valley, Idaho, United States

Big Wood River, Sun Valley, Idaho, United States

Fishing Reports • Mar 22, 2017

Sun Valley, Idaho, United States "Water is taught by thirst." - Emily Dickinson Due to the warm weather and rain over the last week, the low altitude snow has started to melt. O...

Tail Water Tevere, Arezzo, Perugia, Firenze, Siena, Roma, Tuscany, Italy

Tail Water Tevere, Arezzo, Perugia, Firenze, Siena, Roma, Tuscany, Italy

Fishing Reports • Mar 22, 2017

Arezzo, Perugia, Firenze, Siena, Roma, Tuscany, Italy Tail Water Tevere Near the town of Sansepolcro, the Tevere flows through the Tuscan countryside (about 1,5 hours south of Fl...

Fly fishing products

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2015 Simms Stone Cold Shirt - Mist Plaid

2015 Simms Stone Cold Shirt - Mist Plaid

USD 79.95 - Simms - Clothing

Weighing in at an airy 5.5 ounces, Simms’ Ultralight LS Shirt will elevate your fishing with UPF3 COR3 tech that wicks moisture, blasts odor, and breathes easy out the doo...

2016 Simms Guide Pant

2016 Simms Guide Pant

USD 79.95 - Simms - Clothing

On the water, Simms’ classic Guide Pant with updated fabric, trim, and mobility-enhancing inseam cuts is ready to step into the verde and make its own history. Features in...

Simms Headwaters Wader Large

Simms Headwaters Wader Large

USD 349.95 - Simms - Wading Gear

Please refer to Simms Wader Size Chart below or ...