What is Fly Fishing?
Fly Fishing is the act of fishing with an artificial fly that is normally made of hair, feathers, synthetics fibers, or other natural and man-made materials. Don't let the word "fly" mislead you. A fly can simply be a colorful attractor, or it may imitate various forms of fish forage such as insects, fish eggs, mice, leeches, and large baitfish to name just a few!
In conventional fishing the offering at the end of your line provides the necessary weight to cast with, but in fly fishing the line itself is weighted and is what you actually cast. The fly is merely along for the ride as the heavy fly line carries it out to the intended destination.
Fly rods vary in ratings and sizes but are commonly nine feet in length. The fly reel can be used to fight some of the stronger fish you may encounter, but it's not used to actually make a cast or retrieve the fly while actively fishing. Unless drifting a fly, all fly movements are imparted by hand in what's commonly referred to as "stripping" the line.
Contrary to what some folks think, fly fishing is much more than just targeting trout in a river. Most species that can be caught with conventional tackle can be targeted with fly gear too. From farm pond bluegill to marlin on the Pacific Ocean, fly fishing is both fun and effective!