Fly Fishing for Beginners

Fly fishing is a beautiful and fulfilling sport. There is a plethora of information that can be overwhelming to a newcomer. To help you out, this overview and infographic provides easy to follow steps to get a fly rod in your hands and out in the water.

Fly Fishing Tips

Learn how to start fly fishing today. Follow these basic tips to get started. We’ve put together these basic tips along with an easy-to-follow infographic to make sure you get the best start possible as you learn this wonderful sport.

Equipment Selection

Before you can drift a fly you need some essential equipment. There is a lot of gear out there, but a rod, reel, and fly line will get you started. It's important to buy quality gear even if it costs a little more money. Poor gear leads to poor performance. In the long run, quality gear is a much better financial and mental investment.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Even with quality equipment, learning to cast while trying to catch fish will be frustrating. Take several hours in the backyard with your gear and practice one or two casts to have in your repertoire. Follow this tip and your initial trips are going to be more rewarding.

Utilize Fly Shops

There are a lot of aspects to a day of fishing such as the water quality, aquatic life, and access points. The local fly shops will be your greatest resource for information. These guys and gals know everything about the local waters and are very generous with their knowledge. Do yourself a favor and learn from them.


One of the greatest aspects of fly fishing is the beauty and serenity surrounding you. While beautiful, bodies of water can be hazardous for anglers not applying caution. Water levels are prone to fluctuation, and rising water is dangerous. Stay on top of river conditions and always check before heading out. Always keep an eye on the water level, watch your footing, and be stationary when casting.

Catch some Fish

There will be days where catching fish seems impossible. It happens to all of us, but here are some tips limit slow days.

  • Check what bugs are around and find a pattern that imitates them.
  • Cast upstream to places you think trout might be holding and work from the back of the hole to the front.
  • Fish seams in the current, obstructions that block current, and water transitions where fish often hold.

Handle Fish Properly

If you plan practicing catch and release, it is important that you handle fish, especially trout, correctly. Your goal is to land them as quickly as possible. Playing fish until exhaustion decreases survival rates after release. If you have to handle the fish with your hands, be sure they're wet. Trout are soft-scaled fish and dry hands can cause abrasions and possible infections.

Enjoy this Beautiful Sport

"Time spent on the trout stream does not detract from a man's total life." While not biologically accurate it does illustrate the feeling and spirit of fly fishing and how it can change your life for the better.

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