View Full Version : 2 jul 13 - fly fishing!

07-02-2013, 12:31 PM
I present: Two rookies fly fishing from the bank.



07-02-2013, 01:53 PM
That woman is gonna kill you.

Fly fishing is soooooo much fun and we all started somewhere so don't let the first time out bother you. A couple of tips. Give yourself some more room away from trees and brush. Especially when starting out. You need all the advantages you can get.

Use your off hand to control the excess line. Pull out as much as you think you can handle then control the excess with the off hand. When a fish strikes, if you have the line in your off hand and you pull up on the rod tip with your strong you'll be able to set the hook easier. Here's a diagram for you.

http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/fly-fishing/images/ffls_0001_0001_0_img0043.jpg (http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/fly-fishing/images/ffls_0001_0001_0_img0043.jpg)

Good post. Looks like you two had fun.

07-02-2013, 06:13 PM
Thanks Rick, good tip on the hook set! However our bestest (is that a word?) place to cast was.... beside the tree. It worked out okay.

Thanks again..

07-02-2013, 06:54 PM
Catching a nice bluegill or redear on fly tackle is just the best. Those rascals are built for fight and they sure give you plenty. Flyfishing is a sport that you can learn the rest of your life. There is as much art as science to it. I place myself close enough to beginners to offer help and far enough away from mediocre to just watch in awe those that are even mediocre...and I've been flyfishing for years. Someday I might even make mediocre.

07-02-2013, 08:12 PM
I understand Rick, Ive been at it for over a year... Nothing hard core, and not every day... but for a year... and Im still just .745 of a percent above beginner! I think for the rest of my life, I can wet my line and learn something new about fly fishing!!! Now, if that aint a bunch of fun, your in a coma!!


07-02-2013, 09:03 PM
I'm kinda bandwidth challenged at the moment, I'll watch it in full in a day or two. But, it's great to see the young lady outside, and you by her side. Kudos, to both of ya!

Old GI
07-03-2013, 08:36 AM
Good on ya, Tabbed Guy. Never fly fished but was taught to fish by the "family men" using a fly rod with live bait for pike, walleye, bass, etc. The technique was quite similar to fly fishing and what fun. Really spoiled me at 11 years old.

07-03-2013, 05:45 PM
Been at it for many,many years and still learning,Try bonefishing with a Fly for some relaxation.

07-03-2013, 06:36 PM
I'm going out on a limb here and say you probably don't get many bites bones fishing do you?

http://www.utahspearfishing.com/fishbones.jpg (http://www.utahspearfishing.com/fishbones.jpg)

07-03-2013, 09:37 PM
Try bonefishing with a Fly for some relaxation.

I had to look it up:

Sounds really cool... but Im too far from the coast.

I still get a hell of a charge just catching a 3" sun perch! :-)


07-03-2013, 09:38 PM
Ran errands today... Got the princess her own waders and beginner fly rod. Were headed out early tomorrow... rain or shine, because she also has a Toggs top now too!!


Motor city
09-09-2013, 10:06 AM
Been fly fishing for a few years. A little tip to help the casting. In the arm holding the rod imagine holding a textbook to your side with your elbow while casting. I know it sounds weird but bear with me. What you are trying to achieve is rod movement from elbow to hand at a 10 and 2 position. The rest of your arm is not needed when starting. Also lock your wrist and dont bend. Bending your wrist will result in the cast to fall. Dont forget you cast the line not the fly. Another trick is to really concentrate on the backcast to feel the rod "load up" or flex. When it feels "heaviest" that is when to begin the forward movement. The timing depends on how much line is out. More line, more time to load the rod. When the load feels heaviest is when all of your line is behind you in astraight line and parrallel to the ground. Then bringing it forward smoothly is what will give you distance. Next week we will work on hauling the line to really achieve some distance. LOL.

Great to see another couple of fly rodders getting out and giving it a go. Its literally a timing issue. Its going to click one day and it will be like the heavens opened up and a choir of angels is singing. Then the fun begins cuz now its all about placement.

Reel water
10-14-2013, 07:26 PM
Stop using your wrist. It's all in the elbow. Make sudden ( complete ) stops with a pause (with your rod tip ) at 10 ( o'clock and 2 ( o'clock ) your head is 12 o'clock
A single "HAUL " cast is the basic fly cast. A " haul " is a pull on the fly line ( the thick colored stuff ) to generate line speed. In fly fishing we are casting the weight of the line not the weight of a lure, so line speed is what delivers the fly to the target.. Any way .... As your raising your rod toward the 2 o'clock position you pull the fly line down to your hip. Then when you are coming back to the 10 o'clock position you bring the fly line back to the rod

Back-stop/pause ( wait for the feel of a pull from your fly line )-forward -stop- drop the tip of your rod

Are the angels singing?