How to Fly Fish

Fly fishing involves the use of artificial flies to catch fish in either fresh or saltwater. The fly is cast into the water using specialized gear, which includes a fly rod, reel, and weighted line.

With fly fishing, the idea is to catch fish by getting them to bite on an imitation of a bug or bait fish on, or just below, the water. When you’re learning how to fly fish, it’s best to begin by understanding fly casting basics like your equipment needs. To start learning how to fly fish, you need a fly rod, reel, weighted line and some artificial flies. Flies are made using fly tying techniques that combine thread, wire, beads, feathers, yarn and hair to create artificial insects and bait fish at various stages of maturity to attract trout, salmon, pan fish and carp, as well as marine species such as tarpon, bone fish and striped bass.

When learning how to fly fish, remember that this method of fishing uses techniques that are more challenging than other types of fishing. The important thing to know when mastering fly fishing for beginners is that it involves casting a very light-weight fly instead of a heavier lure or natural bait. 

As you set out to learn how to fly fish, you’ll want to look for an ideal location. Most people think of fly fishing as a sport best enjoyed in mountain streams. Though these types of waters are great places to fly fish, you can also enjoy amazing fishing in the warm waters of ponds and lakes, and in salt water - and catch a broad array of fish. There's probably a body of water you can use for fly fishing not too far from where you live, especially if you are just learning how to fish.