Fly fishing is a form of fishing that has been around since the end of the 2nd century. It differs from the style of fishing most people today think of.
The style of fishing most people think of is called bait fishing. Bait fishing involves using either live bait, or lures/jigs, or something artificial developed for the purpose of catching fish. But I will go into further depth in a later blog.
First developed by a man named Roman Claudius Aelianus near the end of the 2nd century. Fly fishing has been growing since. It is popular among all types of people for many reasons. One of which is the intricacy and skill and precision it takes. Fly fishing requires you to be involved in the fishing process the entire time you are fishing. You start with a long rod, the normal length being about 9 feet. The weights of the rod differ too. The weight varies anywhere from a 0 weight, for smaller creek fish, all the way to a 14 weight for big ocean fishing for marlins and sailfish. There are different reel sizes as well that are coordinated with the weight of the rod.
The main idea behind fly fishing is that instead of using the weight of the lure and actual weights attached to the line as in bait fishing. In fly fishing you use the weight of the line, and the force generated from whipping the line back and forth to throw the fly where you want it to go.
Then once you have the line out, you have to make the fly look as real as possible. Flies are just little artificial lures that resemble different insects. The main objective is to make whatever fly you have on look like one of two things. One is a bug that lives in or on the water, and could be a normal food for the fish. The other is an insect that either fell in the water, or somehow was blown in and cannot get out. The key is to make it look convincing, like a bug in distress. That is definitely the hardest part about fly fishing. And why only select people, who devote lots of time to the art can really be considered great. In this sport there are many greats, but no masters, and that is one of the best things about it. It is always growing, and new information is always being learned about fish and about bugs, which makes it so there is always something new to learn.
Linked below is some common types of flies used for fishing.