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Introduction to Fly Fishing

  • Go over Gear & Equipment
  • Rods, Reels, leaders ,tippets
  • Entomology related to flies
  • Casting types Drills
  • Reading Water
  • Knot Tying
  • Fly Tying Nymphs & Dries

Introduction to Fly Fishing Teenagers

Introduction to Fly Tying for Adults & Teenagers

You hear the lets go fly fishing 

You ask what’s that .

So what is fly fishing compared to using live bait worms  and a bobber you learned as a child?

Kids

I picked up fly fishing while very young while living in Maine on vacation. None of my family fished. 

I teach the kids here at the YMCA camp. We first go over the difference between bait fishing and fly fishing. Fly fishing is more of how to move energy through a fishing rod and line in order to land a fly on the water in the appropriate  place. The kids love to practice casting and the learn that flies are taking the place of real bugs that fish eat. They are learning entomology that is useful in biology. Learning to read the water and know where fish hang out is essential to be able to catch the fish. One begins to pay more attention to their environment and nature as a whole. 

Kids get so excited when they catch a fish. They learn different types of fish.  They spend time observing detail of fish. 

Gives family an activity to do on vacation. Last summer one of the students taught family while on vacation 

Trout Unlimited has a program called trout in the classroom.  The program gives the school tanks equipment and fish for the school year.  The kids maintain trout for the school year. In the spring the kids take them down to an assigned stream and release them. This teaches kids the life. Uncle of trout since eggs were what they started with

Teenagers

For the girls TU has a stream girl program

Fly fishing can be a social event going in groups while on camping trips or vacations 

Lots of camps geared for teenagers are just for fly fishing and 

Teenagers learn the the basic skills how to put a rod and reel together the different types of knots to, tie on leaders and tippets. Then tippet to hooks.  They learn how to cast and then down to the stream to catch bugs identify them and do some fly tying and there’s a great delight and accomplishment when a fish is caught .

It’s a great social event meet new friends and if traveling learn new rivers states etc  

Women

Intimidation Is the main block for women taking up fly fishing

PFBC and Trout Unlimited are two organizations that teach women fly fishing

From my experience I learned what the parts of a reel and rod where 

How do you know what length of rod what’s a leader tippet 

What fly do I use to fish with. 

How do I cast  

I asked a lot of questions when on the water. 

Today there are many women on the streams fly fishing. 

Companies such orvis Simms and miss mayfly are designing clothing waders and equipment for women. 

I have run 2 women clinics for TU each class had 13 women.  They loved it.

First class I teach getting to know the equipment

Rod reel different leaders and tippets

Knot tying The basic knots used to tie leaders, tippets and fly on hook. 

Entomology study of insects.  

How to make fly fishing successful 

  • Observe the area around stream to see what hatches are present.  
  • Learn to read the water to know where the fish are residing in the feeding lies t
  • Take temperature of water 
  • Correct casting technique
  • Difference 

Fly fishing is not like fishing with a spinner rod. It takes a lot of thought and a great knowledge of the river, bug hatches, and trout feeding patterns to be able to accurately select a fly that will attract a fish. You have to contemplate your every choice, from what fly to use at what time of day, to where to precisely place that fly in order to have it drift naturally over a trout. In order for a trout to go after a fly it has to look perfect. And I mean perfect. Anything “fishy” about it and the trout will be spooked and wont want to go near it.

Fly fishing can be done from a drift boat, but it’s more fun to wade your way up a creek or river, casting as you go. Walking through waist deep water, against strong currents, over the slippery, rocky riverbed is about one of the best workouts you can get. Plus, swinging that rod back and forth really works that casting arm.

Fly fishing takes you to places that you would never normally go. As you follow the river upstream, you see parts of the wild that only the river can take you to and that you might not be able to access if it weren’t for walking through the water. It allows you a whole new view of nature from a perspective that you wouldn’t get otherwise. Seeing the mountains rising up above you from the middle of a creek, watching an eagle soar over your head as it makes its way down stream, and spying on a moose as it drinks from the river bank are more magical when seen from the middle of a river.

If you like to be challenged, give fly fishing a try. If you don’t do well with failure, maybe you should sit this one out. It is not a sport that you likely can just nail on your first try. Fly fishing takes practice. It takes time to get the feel of the rod and the line, swinging over head in the perfect ‘C’ shaped arc. It takes careful studying of the different sections of a river and of where the trout like to hang out. Unlike fishing with a spinner rod, you probably wont catch a fish on a fly (especially not a dry fly) for your first few times. It’s frustrating, it’s challenging, and when you finally do land your first trout on a dry fly, it is the BEST feeling in the whole damn world.

5. It’s fun!

The main reason you should give fly fishing a try is that it is fun! Whether you are fishing alone, or with friends, fly fishing is exciting, frustrating, immensely satisfying, and enormously rewarding. It can offer you solitude and a great chance to get out on your own into quiet, untouched, unpopulated areas of the wild, or it can be a social activity with a group of your pals. Regardless, that moment when a trout sucks your fly into its mouth and you feel the line tense beneath your fingers is indescribable. It never gets old. Once you experience it, you will be hooked. Pun intended.