Learn The Fly Fishing Basics and How to Fly Fish!

Casting Arc

The path that the fly rod follows during a complete cast. It is often related to the face of a clock (i.e. 10 and 2).


A widely distributed genus of mayfly that is commonly found in lakes. Contains speckled markings on the leading edge of the adult’s wings. Usually found in sizes 16 and 18.


One of the three most important aquatic insects imitated by fly anglers. The adult resembles a moth when in flight; at rest the wings are folded back into a tent shape. Found worldwide in all freshwater habitats. The pupa aquatic state is one of the most important, which is its emerging stage.

Butt Section

The thicker end of a tapered leader that is tied to the fly line.  Can also refer to the last section of a rod, at the end of the handle.


The hair found on the tail of the Eastern whitetail deer, generally used in the tying of many types of flies; can be dyed any color, or used natural.