I have recently taken on fly fishing and I am developing quite a taste for it. Last time, when Bob and I went fishing, it was quite an adventure to haul back home all the fish we caught. Since now I want to get better at fly fishing, I started to learn and I am glad to share with your some tips that have worked for me so far.
Follow the foam
When you are fishing, you most probably notice how foam lines are forming on the water surface. It didn’t take me a lot to realize that those lines of foam show you exactly where the fish is, so I kept that in mind when I went fly fishing the last time. However, this is not what I want to tell you. The fact is that you need to steady your fly depending on how fast the foam goes. Basically, the foam is a good sign that tells you how fast the stream is. If you want to keep up with the fish, you need to make sure that your fly keeps up with it. So match the speed of the foam with the speed of your fly, and you will see some wonders in the making.
Dry your fly each time
Now this took me more than a couple of times to realize what I was doing wrong. The fly must be dried each time after you catch or miss a fish. It is easy to overlook such a simple thing, and trust me, it is not exactly easy to pay attention to details, when your eyes are on the fish. A more seasoned angler I was with at that time told me that I should work on my fly, meaning that I should get it back in line each time. This means that you should look for the hooks so they do not change their position, to check the hackle for damage signs and to dry the fly, so you can cast it more efficiently next time. It may be tedious and boring, but it definitely helps.
Don’t use too much floatant
The last tip on casting for fly fishing I want to share with you is to never use too much floatant. After all, you want to keep your flies yummy for the fish, not drenched in commercial gels that are used as floatant nowadays. Just a dab is all you need and fish will come, trust me.
I hope you find these tips helpful for your next fishing trip!