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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Helton Creek, Boone, North Carolina, United States

Helton Creek, Boone, North Carolina, United States

Fishing Reports • Jan 1, 2019

Boone, North Carolina, United States I fished Sunday morning at Helton Creek. (I guide near Boone, NC as well as Florida's Everglades)The temperature was about 42° when I starte...

Texas Flats, Rockport, Texas, United States

Texas Flats, Rockport, Texas, United States

Fishing Reports • Jan 11, 2019

Rockport, Texas, United States Welcome to 2019, and our first Rockport fly fishing report of the year. We are putting a wrap on the first full week of the year, which has been a pr...

Lake Ontario Tribs, New York, United States

Lake Ontario Tribs, New York, United States

Fishing Reports • Jan 8, 2019

New York, United States Brown trout are still fishing very, very well in the Lake Ontario tribs. Swinging streamers is the most exciting, and one of the most productive way to fish...

2019 Season Opening Trout and Grayling Fishing at ATA Lodge, on the Wild and Scenic Alagnak River, Bristol Bay, Alaska!

2019 Season Opening Trout and Grayling Fishing at ATA Lodge, on the Wild and Scenic Alagnak River, Bristol Bay, Alaska!

Articles • Jan 7, 2019

June 8th sees the opening of this fabled river to fishing, and it is one of our favorite times of the year to be on the river. The resident fish have overwintered with limited foo...

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DEMO - Sage Salt

DEMO - Sage Salt

$850.00 USD - Sage - Rods


Scientific Anglers Amplitude Big Water Taper

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Big Water Taper

$129.95 USD - Scientific Anglers - Fly Lines

The first series of lines to feature the revolutionary AST PLUS slickness additive, the Amplitude will shoot farther and last longer than any other line on the market. It’s sl...

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...

A New Generation of Trout Flies by Scott Sanchez

A New Generation of Trout Flies by Scott Sanchez

$39.95 USD - Wild River Press - Books & DVDs

Scott Sanchez has been tying flies and fly fishing the Rocky Mountains for more than 40 years. He spent the last 30 years in the trout-fishing Mecca of the greater Yellowstone r...