Fly-fishing is a great time to embrace your inner ninja. Be silent and walk softly when you’re in and around the water. Fish are sensitive to both noise and vibration. Walk lightly on the river banks and wade slowly and quietly. Rocking boats can scare the fish on still waters. The less you disturb the fish, the more successful your trip is going to be.
Find Out What the Fish Eats
Take a moment to check out the surface of the water. The insects in large quantities are likely to be what the fish are eating. A lure that resembles the hatch should be a good option but some fish species are more selective. The size of the fly is also important. Ask us if you’d like some advice about this!
Avoid Being Broken
Ahh… the one that got away. This may have happened to you a few times. To avoid being broken, you need to remain firm when playing a good fish. Keep the rod at a 45° angle or slightly less. This enables you to play the fish with most of your rod and not the tip of the rod. It helps with shock absorption (less breaking!) and allows more flexibility in playing the fish.
Choose Your Gear
Having the right attire and protective gear is as important to the success of your fishing trip as your rod. It may be cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon so layer accordingly. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes. Use quality polarized sunglasses to spot fish. The glasses can also help you when you are wading rocks and deep holes.
Always use caution when you are wading. Use a wading belt, because it may save your life someday.
Watch Your Fly
Examine the fly after catching a fish and on every failed hooked you set. Make sure that the tackle is not damaged and the wings are not rotated out of place. The thing to pay attention to here is making sure that the fly moves naturally on the water.
Preparation is an important part of any successful trip, as any angler will tell you! Keep these tips in mind and the odds are going to be in your favor!