After learning and mastering the skill of spin and bait fishing whilst travelling throughout Asia and Australia it was time to learn for what some consider an art form, fly- fishing. Traditionally known as game- fishing within the UK, target species tend to be Trout and Salmon, however throughout the world fly- fishing is used to catch more exotic fish such as Marlin, Tuna and Shark.
Unlike spin and bait fishing where a weighted bait or lure ensures a cast, fly- fishing is all about the technique of casting a weighted line. Spin and bait fishing requires a small amount of skill when it comes to casting a line, however fly- fishing is purely technique in order to present the fly in an attractive manner for a fish to attack.
Personally, I wanted I new challenge. I recently read Bear Gryll’s ‘Great Outdoor Adventures’ and it explains how fly- fishing is a relaxing way to be at one with nature and your surroundings. It is a way of pitting man’s skill and expertise against the wild and as I love the outdoors it is a new skill that I could learn with vigour. With constantly reading Henry Giles’ excellent blog on salmon fishing (http://salmonadventure.wordpress.com/) and on arrival back in the UK it is a hobby that I have decided to pursue.
With currently living in the North- West of England I am privileged to have the Lake District on my doorstep, with many stocked and natural lakes, reservoirs and rivers in my area.
As with all fishing nothing more is needed than a decent basic set- up to get going. I went for a 9ft, 7-8 weight Abu Garcia rod & reel. From my research this seemed to be a decent option for the fly fishing I will be doing.
Opting for a selection of fly’s, I bought a bulk set of 77: Nymphs, Buzzers, Dry’s, Wet’s and Lures.
As with any beginner should, I will be researching the internet and youtube for the basics. If any other beginners find this blog then here’s a great 3 part video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLfJBTctA4Q : If only it is as easy as it looks!
This will save a vast amount of money on lessons and mistakes. However, once I have understood and learnt the basics a lesson will then be an option to tweak and perfect a basic technique. Much practice in my local fields of my casting technique will be in order, as well as talking too and watching those fly- fishing around me to learn as much as I can.
Hopefully one day I can become a proficient fly- fisherman and I will log all my efforts on this blog as I go.