Fly Fishing for Women – What to Bring and Do

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Fly fishing is a fun sport that anyone can enjoy. Men and women, young persons as well as the “young at heart” can definitely experience the thrills and joys of fly fishing. Of course, the adage of different strokes for different people will always apply in fly-fishing as different people will have different needs. This article would like to give out some suggestions to women out there who would like to experience the joys of fly fishing.

Fly Rod

The first thing that you should do is to but the fly rod that is best for you. A fly rod has many characteristics that may confuse novice users. This guide would like to narrow down the choices of rods for beginners,

It would be prudent to ignore the high class fly rods that are being advertised because this rods will cost a fortune. AT this stage, beginners are still unsure if they will pursue fly fishing or not. It would be better to avoid high cost in the event that said beginner may not pursue fly fishing.

Fly rods come in many lengths. Super long and short rods populate the market, as well as those in between. For beginners, the best rods to be have are the 9 feet ones. 9 feet rods are considered as the most versatile of rods. It is not so long and cumbersome for novice.  Its also not so short. Short rods are used in little streams and as such, are limited. The 9 feet rod offers the best of both worlds.

Fly rods also come at different “weights”. Do take note that the term weight in fly rod parlance does not measure the weight of the rod itself but the possible weight of the catch. As such, rods with a higher weight rating are designed to catch bigger fish. So there isn’t really a recommendable weight for beginners because the weight classification will depend on the fish preference.

Beginner Tips

The first thing that one should learn in fly-fishing is the casting. The casting is the process where one flips his rod so that the bait and the hook can be catapulted into the air and into the water. Casting is usually stereotyped as a motion that needs brute force to enact. This is erroneous as casting involves accuracy and grace to perform. There are three basic casting techniques that every novice must learn:

  • Overhead Cast
  • Roll Cast
  • Side-arm Cast

The three casting techniques differ in the method of delivery. The overhead cast, as the name would imply, involves the catapulting of the bait and hook using an over-the-head motion. The side-arm Cast catapults the same bait and hook (and the line too) using a side-arm action.

One thing that a novice women has to learn is the different kind of fishes that one might catch and the necessary equipment for each category. As alluded above, the weight rating of the rod will affect the range of fishes that are suitable for said rod. Beginners usually go for the smaller fish as this will mean lesser strain on their part. This preference is perfectly understandable as novices are just getting used to the constant casting motion. Another important part is making sure you have fishing waders that will work in any season. 

Lastly, one should know the different kinds of fly fishing environments. Streams ponds and lakes might appear the same for the untrained eyes but different sets of equipment will be needed to perform well. This is a skill that beginners should grasp early on to insure that one will always b prepared in the best way.

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