Learning to cast in fly fishing is a skill which can be learned in a day, but which takes years to perfect. These tips will help those new to flyfishing pick up good casting techniques which will serve them for a lifetime of good fishing. For many anglers casting a fly rod is not just a means of delivering the fly to the water, but is an art form.
Fly casting does not require muscle-power; in fact, the cast will suffer if you try to force it with strength. Instead, let the loading, or bending, of the rod do the work.
Beginners find it helpful to watch the line in the air to tell when it has straightened and the forward or backcast should continue.
Practice getting a rhythm going and your casting will become more fluid and smooth.
Make Your Own Lure
Lure making is one way to personalize and enhance your fishing experience. While many fishermen buy their lures, others opt to craft their own fishing lures. By making your own lures, you have the opportunity to create a unique lure which is tailored for specific species of fish and specific conditions. Follow the steps below to begin your lure making craft.
1. Check your garage or workshop to see if you have the tools necessary for lure making. Tools you may need include: coping saw, pocket knife, bobbin, various colors of lacquer or vinyl paints, various colors of threads, fly tying vise, assorted sand paper, hackle pliers, split ring pliers, crimping tool, scissors, hair stacker, head cement, wire former and a half inch tool.
2. Purchase a variety of each of the following items: feathers, colored yarn or floss, colored fur, spinner bodies, beads, jigs, screw eyes, clevises, egg sinkers, hooks, connector sleeves, snap swivels, barrel swivels, spinner blades, spinner shaft locks, split rings, buck tails and calf tails, tinsel and flashabou, hackles, wire and blocks of wood.
3. Find a comfortable and relaxing place where you can work. Lure making is a true craft and deserves its own location.
4. Decide which type of lure you will make depending on the following factors: species of fish, the depth the fish are running, the color of the fish prey, the action you need from the lure, water clarity and weather.
5. Draw or sketch out your design. As you create your design think about your previous fishing experiences. Think about the great fish you have caught. What was the key to catching that fish? Your own experiences are often the greatest tool you have in designing the perfect lure.
6. Build your lure and then test it under the appropriate conditions. Remember that lure making is often a trial and error craft.
7. Remain creative in your lure making and relish in the endless possibilities of different lures that you can make.
Tips: Keep a notepad handy. While you are making your lure, you may think of an idea for another lure. It's a good idea to write out the idea or sketch your design right away.
Buy a container or box with different compartments to store your materials. Some people like to make their own boxes. The idea is to keep your materials organized so that you don't have to go on a search when you have an idea.
Warnings: Don't forget to be safe when using tools.
Don't get discouraged if your first lure doesn't work as you planned. Take it apart and try it again. Your skill will develop with time.