What is fly fishing?(Thanks to Scott, EEK's fly fishing buddy, for his help with this story.)
Fly fishing is a fun way to catch bluegills , trout, bass and many other kinds of fish that live in Wisconsin waters. Fly fishing is not too difficult to learn, but it does help to read up on the sport and practice with an experienced angler.
Fly fishing is a little different than fishing with a spinning rod and reel. When fly fishing, the angler uses a heavy line to cast a very light fly (a lure that looks like a fly). In spin fishing, the angler uses a light line to cast a much heavier lure.
The advantage in fly fishing is that fly anglers can cast flies that are small enough to imitate tiny insects or other natural foods that fish like to eat. These flies are too light to cast well with spinning tackle. Casting takes practice, so get out and give it a try.
You'll also need some other gear in order to fly fish. Fly fishing gear is available at most sporting goods stores and it pays to shop around. Some gear is very expensive but there is also very good equipment that is not expensive. Don't be fooled into thinking that you have to spend a lot of money. You don't!
The angler in this photo is showing the different gear fly fishing anglers need and use on the water. Move your mouse around the picture and click to read about some of the gear or go to the whole list of fly fishing gear.
Before any type of fishing, check out the fishing regulations booklet. When you do catch a fish that is a legal size, you might want to take it home and prepare it to eat. Other people release many of the fish that they catch so that they and other people can enjoy catching them again one day. The choice is up to you.
These are only the basics of this sport. You can get very involved with fly fishing and even collect or try tying your own flies. Or, you can keep it simple and catch all of the fish you need with only four flies. Fly fishing is what you make it, so make it fun!
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