If you're planning a vacation this fall, a guided fly fishing trip can add some adventure to your trip. When you're preparing for a guided fly fishing trip, practicing some basic fly fishing techniques can make the experience more immersive and fun.
Here are some basic skills used on most guided fly fishing expeditions.
Let It Fly
Unlike conventional fishing, fly fishing requires you to move your bait with the weight of your line and the action of your rod.
- Ten and Two: The most basic fly fishing cast involves bringing your rod to ten and two (think positions on a clock). By moving between these general positions, you can transfer the momentum from your back cast to your forward cast. At a minimum, your guided fly fishing outfitter will need you to be able to execute this basic cast. You can practice (even if you don't have a fly rod) by using a bit of parachute cord and a broomstick. To practice your ten-and-two technique, attach a few feet of parachute cord to an old broomstick and practice. In order to translate this practice to actual fly fishing, you should feel the transference of momentum between the two positions. Once you're able to feel the transference of momentum, practice developing a rhythm as you move from one position to the other. Having the ability to execute a basic ten-and-two cast can mean the difference between catching fish and spending your time frustrated by the process.
Let It Roll
Many of the best guided fly fishing trips take anglers to remote stretches of river that often have many obstacles and overhangs.
- Roll Casts: To make casts without getting snagged, your guided fly fishing outfitter might ask you to perform a roll cast. These types of casts require you to "roll" your fly line forward without bringing the line behind you. If you don't own a fly rod, you can practice roll casting by using the same equipment as described above. Take your makeshift fly rod to your local river or lake. Start by letting the line drift in the water before you. Next, pick up the line until you see a bow develop in it. Once you see the bow, roll your shoulder forward and push the line away from you. As you become more comfortable with this technique, practice moving your line toward specific spots on the water to help you hone your aim.