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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8 Questions with Travelling Angler Rafal Slowikowski

8 Questions with Travelling Angler Rafal Slowikowski

Articles • Oct 22, 2019

FD: How many countries have you visited for fly fishing? Hard to count but it seems that not less than 25 countries with many returns to my favorite spots and different areas of gi...

Squamish River, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Squamish River, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Fishing Reports • Oct 29, 2019

Squamish, British Columbia, Canada There's loads of Coho and Chum Salmon that are biting in the Squamish River right now! This river will offer very good fly fishing for the month...

Everglades national park, Florida, United States

Everglades national park, Florida, United States

Fishing Reports • Nov 15, 2019

Florida, United States It has been a great month of fishing in the Everglades. Plenty of bigger tarpon still hanging around with the warmer weather and loads of bait all over the ...

Hurunui River, Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury / West Coast, New Zealand

Hurunui River, Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury / West Coast, New Zealand

Fishing Reports • Nov 16, 2019

Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury / West Coast, New Zealand In typical fashion the Kiwi spring has not disappointed. It has been wet and windy. Front coming from the Tasman sea, sou...

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LifeProof NUUD iPhone Case Black iPad

LifeProof NUUD iPhone Case Black iPad

$129.99 USD - LifeProof - Fishing Tools & Accessories

We’ve all been there, holding our breath as our iPad crash lands on the sidewalk or slips into the drink. Breathe easy — nüüd iPad case keeps your device safe from calamit...

AxisGo Water Housing for iPhone 11/11 Pro (XS/X)

AxisGo Water Housing for iPhone 11/11 Pro (XS/X)

$199.00 USD - AxisGO - Fishing Tools & Accessories

Designed and compatible with the iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone XS/X *THE IPHONE 11 ULTRA-WIDE LENS IS NOT COMPATIB...

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...

Scientific Anglers Braided Dacron Loops 3-pack

Scientific Anglers Braided Dacron Loops 3-pack

$9.95 USD - Scientific Anglers - Fly Lines

What are you supposed to do when you don’t have a nail knot tool and your fly line doesn’t have welded loops? The simple answer: get a 3-pack of Braided Loops. Easy to use a...