To start fly fishing you need a fly rod, a line and some artificial flies. 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. Flies are made using thread, wire, beads, feathers, yarn and hair, and are created to look like 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.
Most people think of fly fishing as a sport best enjoyed in mountain streams with catches of trout and salmon. Though these types of waters are great places to fly fish, you can also enjoy amazing fly 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.
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. This method of fishing uses techniques that are more challenging than other types of fishing since it involves casting a very light-weight fly instead of a heavier lure or natural bait. Fly fishing techniques and gear will vary depending on the habitat.
Learn more about fly fishing gear and fishing flies.