Learn The Fly Fishing Basics and How to Fly Fish!




Barbed vs Barbless Hooks

For many years as I was starting out fly fishing I fished with flies that had barbs on them.  I’m pretty sure this is a common practice for many out there learning to fly fish as well as many veterans to the sport.  After a while though you begin to think about whether barbed vs barbless hooks are a better option.  I’d like to share my views on the matter and hopefully convince a few of you out there to a different way of thinking when fishing barbless  flies. [Read more…]

Fly Fishing Leader and Tippet: What, Why and How

One of the many items you probably have seen while browsing online or local fly shops is a great wall of leader and tippet material.  There’s a lot of it out there.  Just what is a leader and how does tippet come into the equation though.  In this post I’m here to answer your questions and concerns about fly fishing leader and tippet materials. [Read more…]

Top Fly Fishing Gifts for the Holidays

Do you have a fly fisherman in the family that you just don’t know what kind of gift to get him or her this holiday season?  That’s a very understandable problem considering all of the new gadgets and gizmos that are available for the budding fly angler these days.  New fly rods, shiny fly reels, the latest and greatest flies, and all sorts of fly fishing accessories are all vying for your attention when browsing your local fly shop.  Are they just starting out and don’t have any of the necessary items to practice and learn how to fly fish?  With that in mind I’m here to help with my Top Fly Fishing Gifts for the Holidays for the angler in your life. [Read more…]

Fly Lines 101

Fly lines are confusing.  You may have browsed through your local fly shop and noticed a wall of all sorts of different lines hanging nicely in their little boxes.  Weight forward, double taper, sink-tip, and so on and so forth.  What does all of that mean and which one of those fly lines will work best for you when learning the fly fishing basics and how to fly fish?  I’ll try to shed some light on that topic for you. [Read more…]

Choosing a Fly Reel

Once you’ve picked out your fly rod (see Choosing the Right Fly Rod Part 1 and Part 2 for more information), choosing a fly reel is your next step. You’ll often hear that the fly reel is not a very important aspect of the fly fishing gear. I would have to disagree.  I feel that a quality fly reel is essential for when you hook into that fish of a lifetime and all that stands between you and that monster of a fish is your gear. [Read more…]