tips for beginers and others #32 to # 52

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tips for beginers and others #32 to # 52

Post by allthegearnoidea on Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:46 am


Slack line casting is when the fly line is able to fall onto the water in what are called "s" curves. This type of a cast will let you
Tip #32: Slack Line Casting
r fly float on the water without any dragging motion. Youíll want to use this cast when youíre casting over a current or into a down stream.

Tip #33: Shooting Line Casting

Youíll want to use this type of cast when you want to create a cast that extends out more line. To accomplish the shooting line cast, for either the forward or the backward cast, you need to use more power than you did when you cast the line as far as you did the first time.

Tip #34: Rely on your Vision when Casting

There will be times when you need to rely on your vision in order to determine the target that you are casting towards. This is particularly true in tail waters and spring creeks where youíll need to stalk the fish before you cast for it. Use your eyes to identify your casting targets in certain ways such as:


Noting the shadow of a fish.
Noting the riseform of a large fish.
Noting the flash of a fish that is nymphing.
When you can identify the fish and its lie youíll be able to accurately position your target and get ready for the perfect cast.

Tip #35: Using a Hauling Technique

The hauling technique is when you increase the speed of your line by using the strength of your rod arm and your free hand arm. To achieve a good haul you need to pull down on the fly line at the position just below the stripper guide on your rod. The pull will increase the speed of the line as it moves outward. As you become more experienced you can try a double haul which is when you pull both the backward and the forward stroke with strength.
Tip #36: The Technique of "Mending the Line"

The technique of mending the line is when you reposition your fly line and leader on top of the moving water. To accomplish this technique all you need to do is use a variety of movements such as roll-casting and lifting the rod. When youíre fishing in streams youíll want to know how to mend your line so that you keep it straight and untangled.

Tip #37: Match the Length of your Tippet to the Hole

One of the most important things that you can do when it comes to successful fly fishing is match the length of your tippet to the depth where the fish are and to the depth of the hole. Every once in a while allow the weight to touch the bottom, making sure that it doesnít drag. For instance, if you have a tippet that is six feet long it will put your fly about two to four feet off of the bottom.

Tip #38: Using a Slow-Action Rod

A slow-action rod is sometimes called a full flex rod. This is one of the easiest types of rod to cast, however is can often be a bit too wobbly for beginners to use. This type of rod isnít very effective if youíre fly fishing for larger fish because you wonít be able to use the rodís butt stiffness to hold up against a strong fish. The slow-action rod is one of least expensive rods that you can buy.
Tip #39: Fishing Etiquette Ė The Right of Way

When it comes to fishing etiquette, the right of way is something that youíll need to learn. The rule of thumb is that the angler who is already in the water is given the right of way. The rule also applies if youíre walking along the bank or floating. If you need to move locations try to move up-river whenever possible. You never want to intrude on another fly fisher without asking first. If you do get permission to enter the same waters make sure that you do so up-river and allow the other angler lots of space.
Tip #40: Fishing Etiquette Ė Taking out your Line

Common courtesy dictates that you take your line out of the water for any angler who has a fish on the line. This is so that they have plenty of space in order to land their fish. This rule is very important if youíre fishing down-river from the other angler. Make sure that you never step into the space of an angler who is releasing or landing a fish on the bank.

Tip #41: Fishing Etiquette - Silence

Whenever youíre fly fishing youíll need to be as quiet as you canÖand this means leaving your dog and the radio at home. There are two reasons why you want to be as quiet as possible: (1) you donít want to spook the fish, and (2) you donít want to disturb other fly fishers. Many people enjoy fly fishing for the peace and solitude that it affords them.
Tip #42: Fishing Etiquette Ė Lend a Helping Hand

Always be willing to help out other anglers. This can be as simple as helping them retrieve something that has floated down-river or lending them something that they need, such as extra line. Youíre all there for a fun day of fly fishing so helping each other out just lends to the experience.


Tip #43: Wading with Safety

When youíre wading make sure that you follow a few basic rules: (1) never fish by yourself on remote lakes, rivers, or streams, (2) wear a good pair of wading boots, (3) use a good wading staff that is flexible yet strong, and (4) know the area where youíre wading. Wading is a great way to get access into those places that you couldnít otherwise reach.



Tip #44: Tackle Boxes

Tackle boxes: A tackle box is a necessity so that you can keep all your "stuff" with you in one organized place. Some of the things to keep in mind when you use a tackle box and want to avoid overfilling include:


Keep your worms and soft plastic bait in a small container away from your other lures. This will keep the soft plastic lures from creating a chemical reaction with the materials that other baits are made of.
Buy two or more small tackle boxes to hold certain categories of lures. For instance, buy one tackle box to hold your worms and another to hold your spinnerbaits.
Buy seasonal tackle boxes that you only use at certain times of year. In the spring you can have a tackle box that contains jigs, plastic worms, and minnow lures. And in the fall you can have a tackle box that is filled with fall lure, such as topwaters and crankbaits.

Tip #45: Keep your Fishing Vest Organized

If you use a fishing vest to carry around your tackle and lure youíll want to keep it as organized as you can so that youíre not fumbling around looking for something when you need it. If youíre not going to be using something leave it home so that you only take along the essentials.


Tip #46: Carry a Wading Staff

When youíre fishing in water that is rough or unfamiliar you might want to carry a wading staff to keep you stable and give you better footing.
Tip #47: Wear Good Shoes

A good pair of wading shoes will let your grip the bottom that youíre walking on. Choose shoes that have soles with rubber cleats since these are ideal of bottoms that are made of mud, fine gravel, sand, or soft silt.

Tip #48: Take Along the Sun Block

Although it may seem like a small tip to mention, taking along the sun block is one thing that you donít want to forget. After standing in a sunny stream for eight hours youíll be glad that you remembered to bring along some protection.
Tip #49: Use Polarized Glasses

Wearing polarized glasses is one of the best things that you can do. Youíll be able to see beneath the water so you can keep an eye on your fish. Donít forget a hat to reduce the amount of glare that you experience.
Tip #50: Discouraging Insects

If you want to discourage insects youíll want to avoid wearing clothes that are red, yellow, black, white, or navy blue. These colors can attract black flies, deerflies, gnats, and mosquitoes.

Tip #51: Dress for the Weather

Wear the right type of clothing for the weather. You donít want to be caught in a rainstorm without protective gear. Remember that itís always easier to take off a layer of clothing than it is to be without anything to put on.

Tip #52: Sticking with the Basics

Try to stick to the basics whenever possible. This means carrying one or two small boxes of flies with you and fishing them to death. Many experts use only a floating line for most of the fish that they catch and they make a point of keeping their tackle to a minimum. Many novice fly fishers fall into the trap of using too many "new patterns". Stick with a pattern and fish it for around three to four dozen drifts. This will bring you the best results.

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