Saturday, 19 May 2012

Cloud and the Bandon - Fly Fishing Bandon River

With a Grilse just landed by his companion, Chris McCully is compelled to cast into a falling river to search for another. This article appeared in Trout & Salmon Magazine in the April 2010 issue. Used by kind permission of Chris McCully and Gardiner Mitchell. Thanks guys.
Read the Article Here in pdf format

Friday, 4 May 2012

A Beginner’s Compact Fly Fishing Guide

Submitted & Written by John Anderson

The fly used in fly fishing may be artificial but the fun and the joy associated with the fishing technique is a 100% genuine. May be it’s about the serene location or the sheer joy of just being out there on the water; we are to unveil the reasons behind its immense popularity.

What could possibly be better than fishing and enjoying blissful scenery all around you at the same time?  It is common for all types of fishing of course, but when it comes to fly fishing, the beauty of it multiply manifold. Fly fishing is one of the most loved and revered of the fishing techniques of all times. It is a way to make the sport less automated and more personal- therefore satisfying and intimate. Thus, we often find fly fishermen making their own flies.

This is unlike traditional fishing where the angler used a hook attached to a worm or some other kind of bait- here artificial flies are used, generally modified from foam, feather, hair, or yarn. What propels the cast here is the weight of the line and not the weight of the lure or the bait.

The fly fishing tackles are also different from the regular ones. Graphite rods are more commonly used. There are also fiberglass rods and rods made from combination materials. Rod selection depends on the ‘line weight’, the rod action as well as the length of it. Fly rod actions are categorized into fully flexing, medium, medium-fast and fast. They become stiffer as they progress from more flexible to the fastest. But one who is just at a beginner phase must opt for a rod in the medium range-it would only make casting easier. The first fly fishing rod must be between 8-9 feet. It is better to have some expert guide you when buying a fly rod. You also might want to opt for a 2 or 3 piece rod if you find it convenient. But make sure you do not compromise on the quality.

Now we come to the fly fishing line. It is more than just a place a spool to store all your line. Drags on the reels helps reduce the stress on the line. The amount of pressure a fish has to apply to peel the line can be regulated by tightening or increasing the drag. These could cost you some big bucks but it is worth every penny.

The line is the most crucial of the tackles in fly fishing. You have to use your hands to manipulate the line unlike that you do when fishing. To connect the fly line to the fly a leader is used. Tapered leaders that are generally used are 9-12 feet long. It is important here to match all the tackles- the rod, reel and the line must complement each other.

There are various types of fly casting and one needs to master them to perfection in order to succeed at the technique. It is better if you have someone to show you how it is done. There are also fly fishing schools where instructors and fishing guides would be more than happy to help you learn fly casting. This could take some time but do not lose hope. Once you are ready, you will start enjoying the sight of an uncoiling fly line and find it incredibly soothing. Tight Lines!

Author Bio: John Anderson is an ardent outdoor enthusiast who has a special interest in fishing and boating. He hails from Australia and has travelled to almost all the wonderful places in the country for one of kind experiences. He is also a proficient author of several outdoor articles on travel with a bias towards boating and fishing.