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Five tips for your first day fly fishing

Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 04/01/2009 (1073 reads)
Five tips for your first day fly fishing
Mark your gear
Easy enough to do, but often overlooked is marking your gear with a phone number. There is nothing worse than losing a flybox or leaving your vest in the brush and then driving home. Simple solution is a putting you phone number on all you gear with a Sharpie.

Practice casting
Take some time and tie a small piece of red yarn at the end of your fly line and give it a go in the backyard before you head out. This works well if this is your first time out or you have not gone out since last June. Confidence is king.

Know your knots
Practice and know when and where to use some of the basic fly knots. An Improved Clinch and Blood knots get me through many situations. Check out Grog's fishing knot index for more help.

Dress for success
Nothing says Pennsylvania like a cold wet cloudy day and you will sure to find them when you head out in early spring to fly fish. This does not mean you can’t catch fish, you just don’t want to be cold and wet doing it yourself. So as the Boy Scout motto says “Be Prepared” with layers of polypropylene, fleece and raingear. Wool socks and long underwear are must when wading in early spring water.

Plan your stream
As best you can know the stream you are going to fish. Understand any special regulations, if there are any. Take a little time before you go to scout out some spots to fish and park. Don’t settle for just one spot or even one stream. Some of the early season days can get crowded.

Don't forget to relax and enjoy the day!
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ian_brown
Published: 2009/4/5 9:42  Updated: 2009/4/5 9:42
Joined: 01/22/2007
From: Lehigh Valley, PA
Comments: 411
 Re: Five tips for your first day fly fishing
Great list. This may go without saying, but when you practice casting, tie the yarn to the leader, which is then tied to the fly line.

Fly lines don't fly the same way without a leader.

Streams or ponds with panfish can be a great place to work on your casting. Picking line up off the water is different than picking it up off the law, and the sunnies are usually happy to hit a dry fly.



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