Beginners Guide to Fly Fishing: Tips and Techniques

By Anthony Contreras / November 29, 2017

​Many anglers think that fly fishing is hard. We agree that it is different from standard fishing, but that doesn’t mean that it’s difficult. To do it right you will need a light bait that will float on the surface of the water.

With the casting methods and specialized equipment, you will catch fish such as salmon and trout. You can do it in any type of water, although it is most common in running streams. The idea of taking a relaxing morning to catch some fish when cast your line is a perfect way to spend your day.

Many anglers think that fly fishing is hard. We agree that it is different from standard fishing, but that doesn’t mean that it’s difficult. To do it right you will need a light bait that will float on the surface of the water.
With the casting methods and specialized equipment, you will catch fish such as salmon and trout. You can do it in any type of water, although it is most common in running streams. The idea of taking a relaxing morning to catch some fish when cast your line is a perfect way to spend your day.

​"When all the routines and details and the human bores get on our nerves, we just yearn to go away from here to somewhere else. To go fishing is a sound, a valid, and an acceptable reason for an escape. It requires no explanation." said Herbert Hoover, an American engineer, businessman, and politician.

"When all the routines and details and the human bores get on our nerves, we just yearn to go away from here to somewhere else. To go fishing is a sound, a valid, and an acceptable reason for an escape. It requires no explanation." said Herbert Hoover, an American engineer, businessman, and politician.
Do you want to know the best part?
In some key ways, this great sport boosts mental health. We know that this may sound like an excuse some husband will make it to his spouse to let him go fishing, but it is not at all! The number of new anglers grows every year because it is one of the most recreational activities.
It will provide you physical, emotional and mental benefits. You will feel better during and after this activity. In this article, you will learn about 7 fishing health benefits and why this hobby is an excellent way to improve physical and mental well-being.

​The itch to get out on the water is always there, even for those who do not experience this activity regularly. Many anglers are held back by a lack of experience and specialized knowledge on how to fish. But, don’t worry, because we are here to help you to overcome this roadblock.

We will show you fly fishing tips for beginners that will teach you everything you need to know about this sport.

If you want to know more, all you have to do is read on.

​1. Assemble ​Your ​Equipment

The itch to get out on the water is always there, even for those who do not experience this activity regularly. Many anglers are held back by a lack of experience and specialized knowledge on how to fish. But, don’t worry, because we are here to help you to overcome this roadblock.
We will show you fly fishing tips for beginners that will teach you everything you need to know about this sport.
If you want to know more, all you have to do is read on.
If you want to know more, all you have to do is read on.
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​​​Put together fly rods, including graphite ones, so they would not blow up. It is best, to begin with, the tip section, and follow the same procedure for each piece the rod has. By one-quarter turn, mismatch the butt and tip section. The guides need to line up when you sight it down.

The pieces should not be forced together because they have a snug fit that will attach them perfectly.  The butt is the bottom part of the rod. Guides are the round metal items that stick out. Stripping guides are the bottom-most ones.

All others, except for the top one (that is called tip top) are snake guides.

Put together fly rods, including graphite ones, so they would not blow up. It is best, to begin with, the tip section, and follow the same procedure for each piece the rod has. By one-quarter turn, mismatch the butt and tip section. The guides need to line up when you sight it down.
The pieces should not be forced together because they have a snug fit that will attach them perfectly.  The butt is the bottom part of the rod. Guides are the round metal items that stick out. Stripping guides are the bottom-most ones.
All others, except for the top one (that is called tip top) are snake guides.
‘’Records on recovery after cholecystectomy of patients in a suburban Pennsylvania hospital between 1972 and 1981 were examined to determine whether assignment to a room with a window view of a natural setting might have restorative influences. Twenty-three surgical patients assigned to rooms with windows looking out on a natural scene had shorter postoperative hospital stays, received fewer negative evaluative comments in nurses' notes, and took fewer potent analgesics than 23 matched patients in similar rooms with windows facing a brick building wall.’’ according to NCBI.
What does that mean? One of the best cures to reduce pain and accelerate the healing process is the view of natural habitats. This way you will be enjoying your hobby and at the same time heal more quickly.

​2. Learn​ How to ​Cast

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​The next thing you need to do is learn how to throw a bait caster and a spinning rod accurately. Within a few feet of the strike zone put the bait. Sometimes it is hard for beginners to notice the difference between a snag and a bite that will result poorly.

Hold the rod steady with a small tension and jerk if there is a pulsation. That is the best way to determine a bite.

The next thing you need to do is learn how to throw a bait caster and a spinning rod accurately. Within a few feet of the strike zone put the bait. Sometimes it is hard for beginners to notice the difference between a snag and a bite that will result poorly.
Hold the rod steady with a small tension and jerk if there is a pulsation. That is the best way to determine a bite.
The fishing is a great way to get some exercise. Spend your day hiking to a remote lake or wading in a stream, and you will get an excellent workout without going to a yoga class or going to a gym. You can have plenty of activities while fishing such as boulder hopping or climbing in the rough terrain, repeatedly reeling and casting, hiking and wading against the current in a stream.
During this hobby, you could burn from 600 to 1400 calories without knowing it. It will help you building strength in the tendons in your shins, calves, ankles, and feet and the little-used muscles. When hiking up riverbanks or steep slopes, it will also build strength in the hamstrings and quadriceps.
“You can make your fishing excursion as physical as you want. Even just getting out there, you’ll still get the benefits of the outdoors, and maybe that’s the beginning of a new fit, healthy lifestyle,” Janna Superstein, president of fly fishing company Superfly International Inc. says for the Huffington Post.

​3. Cheap Lures

3. It Will Reduce Your Blood Pressure
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​Never use rigs or lures that you are afraid to lose while fishing, in order to maximize your success. Otherwise, you won’t put them in any dangerous situation, where you can find plenty of fish. So, always go with the cheap one, because it will work best if the area is right.

​4. Be Confident

Never use rigs or lures that you are afraid to lose while fishing, in order to maximize your success. Otherwise, you won’t put them in any dangerous situation, where you can find plenty of fish. So, always go with the cheap one, because it will work best if the area is right.
People who are physically active have a lower risk of getting high blood pressure -- 20% to 50% lower -- than people who are not active. You don't have to be a marathon runner to benefit from physical activity. Even light activities, if done daily, can help lower your risk.’’ According to WebMD.
High blood pressure can put you at a higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack and lead to a lot of serious problems. Many of the medications have harmful side effects, which is why it is essential to exercise regularly. Fishing is the excellent way to enjoy your favorite hobby and have a little workout that is essential to your health.
The best thing is that researchers say that it only takes about thirty minutes per week of this activity to improve overall health and blood pressure. The ‘’spending time in nature effect’’ will last for some time after you return home.
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​The best tip we can give to a beginner is always to have confidence. It is a number one key to success.

When I speak of confidence, I am not talking about blind arrogance. Those that are overly confident fall into yet another category.

"However, I am referring to the self-confidence needed to believe in one’s own skills, goals, and ability to succeed. When you believe in yourself, you are more likely to take action. To stand up and seize the moment. And to persevere long after those who doubt themselves." according to Time Management Ninja.

The best tip we can give to a beginner is always to have confidence. It is a number one key to success.
When I speak of confidence, I am not talking about blind arrogance. Those that are overly confident fall into yet another category.
"However, I am referring to the self-confidence needed to believe in one’s own skills, goals, and ability to succeed. When you believe in yourself, you are more likely to take action. To stand up and seize the moment. And to persevere long after those who doubt themselves." according to Time Management Ninja.
There is no better relaxation than fishing.  Staying away from your phone and computer and being out in nature will let your brain focus on one task and relax. Can you imagine something more peaceful than spending time in a mountain stream followed by a delicious dinner of grilled fish? We can’t, and if you are an angler than we think that you will agree with us.
It is just like meditation, and it will decrease depression and anxiety. Fishing will give you a chance to unplug from the radio blaring, news, traffic jam, blinking inboxes and ringing phones. It is a silent hobby where you can only hear the sounds of frogs and birds calling off in the distance and waves.
confident fisherman with his catch

​5. Lures

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​It will get some time to develop confidence and get the hang of when using a new lure. Going fishing with only that one is an excellent way to do that. You will need to use the bait and find the best way to catch a fish with it.

​6. Kayak Fishing

It will get some time to develop confidence and get the hang of when using a new lure. Going fishing with only that one is an excellent way to do that. You will need to use the bait and find the best way to catch a fish with it.
6. Boosts Immune System
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​Try kayak fishing if you don’t own a boat especially if you are a new angler who want to get out on the water. It is easy to transport, lightweight and affordable. You will quickly reach some spots that hold some of the un-pressured, biggest fish and that are not accessible by power boats or foot.

Try kayak fishing if you don’t own a boat especially if you are a new angler who want to get out on the water. It is easy to transport, lightweight and affordable. You will quickly reach some spots that hold some of the un-pressured, biggest fish and that are not accessible by power boats or foot.
A day spent under the sun is the best source of vitamin D. ‘’Vitamin D refers to a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and multiple other biological effects.’ according to Wikipedia. It allows the body to use the calcium from the bloodstream and plays a significant role in bone formation.

7. Always Prepare Yourself

7. Improves Balance
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When going fishing, the most important thing is to be prepared for any case scenario. Fish are pretty unpredictable, and you can’t possibly know what are they going to do when you jerk. First of all, the weather can change, maybe they will want some other lures; you just can’t know what is going to happen, that will affect the fish you want to catch.

8. Freshwater vs. Saltwater

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The main difference between the saltwater and freshwater fishing is the fish. Except for the fish like Salmon, they are entirely different. You need to bear in mind that rivers, ponds or lakes have a creel limit.

"While marine waters cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, freshwater covers only 1 percent. Surprisingly, however, 40 percent of the 28,000 species of fish dwell in fresh waters. This is a very high proportion of species density given the small area that the bodies of freshwater actually cover. This data indicates that there is approximately one species of fish for every 15 cubic kilometers of freshwater and one species of fish for every 100,000 cubic kilometers of marine waters." according to Fish Laboratory.

9. Stay Safe

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Watch out for those Gators! You need to make sure that you are safe when using a small canoe or boat for fishing especially if you are in the south!

If you are caught fishing without proper stamps and license, you will have a problem.

To prevent water from coming into your wafers, make sure you have a wader belt with you, especially if you are going to wade in a lake, pond or river. Of course, the most important thing to stay safe is a life jacket! It is better to be safe than sorry! So, in most places having her is necessary by law.

Always use a sunscreen while you are in the sun, and drink plenty of water.

men fly fishing and wearing life jackets

10. Don’t Spend Too Much Money

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There is perfectly fine fishing gear you can find on the market that is very affordable. You don’t have to spend too much cash for something that should be easy, fun and cheap.

11. Practice

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It is essential for the beginners to practice their cast. That way, you will get better every time you do that and finally catch some quality fish!

12. The Bait

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The best is to use live bait. But, if you don’t have one use lures and baits that are the same size and look like the forage in the river, pond or lake you are fishing. Be aware of what kind of it will attract the fish you want to catch.

​13. Ask the Locals

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​It is a good idea to ask locals what kind of bait to use and what type of fish is biting.

It is a good idea to ask locals what kind of bait to use and what type of fish is biting.
This hobby requires some severe maneuvers. It can help you offset back pain because balance requires benefits flexibility and core strength.

The Conclusion

​Practice is always the best key to become a professional. Follow our beginner's guide that will help you while you are on the water. Don’t forget to enjoy!

Practice is always the best key to become a professional. Follow our beginner's guide that will help you while you are on the water. Don’t forget to enjoy!
There are many reasons why fishing is so good for your health and why it will help you become a happier person. In this article we show you how this sport can be great activity for you and your family.
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