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HELPFUL FLY FISHING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

Fly fishing can look difficult and bewildering from afar, but it’s not a very complicated sport when it comes down to it. It’s normal for beginners to feel confused about the popular pastime. However, with a little practice and a few pointers, you may find that you’re a natural. I don’t mind a spot of fly fishing. I am no expert but there are some things I have learnt Here are some basic fly fishing tips if you are interested in the challenge.

RULES APPLY

Fishing always comes with rules for you to obey, so it’s important that you check the laws before casting your first line. Don’t think you can get away with a minor offence just because no one’s looking. You don’t want that on your conscience. Plus, it’s better to follow the rules than risk paying the fine. You must also remember to have your licence with you at all times in case of a spot check.

DON’T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW

A lot of anglers make the common mistake of taking on a difficult location when they’re not ready for it. If you know you’re not capable enough, don’t be arrogant and try it out anyway. You must know your limits. If you’re only a beginner, a good tip is to start with a fishing venue that boasts plenty of casting space. It also won’t hurt if that place is stocked with fish.

BARBS BE GONE

One of the fly fishing tips that first-timers often gloss over is removing the barbs on your hooks. Use a pair of pliers to press it down. You can re-sharpen the main hook after that. This allows you to easily remove the hook from a fish or, say, a person. Let’s face it. Accidents do happen, and a wayward cast may end up hooking an innocent bystander. You may even get your own finger hooked if you’re not careful.

POLARISED GLASSES ARE STAPLE

Investing in a pair of polarised glasses is vital. It’s not just for fashion; it also helps you with your angling game. When worn, these glasses get rid of the glare on the water, making it much easier to locate any pools of fish. They’re also protective eyewear, shielding your eyes from any misguided or stray lines and hooks.

STEALTH IS WEALTH

Fish are very sensitive to noise and vibrations, so you must employ stealth during your fly fishing trips. Don’t just run down to the shore. Walk calmly and slowly, making sure not to disturb the fish or their surroundings. This way, you won’t spook them away before you even make it to your fishing spot.

MAKE CONVERSATION

The beauty of fly fishing is that you can make friends through the sport as well. There is no shortage of fly fishers in Australia. It won’t be hard to find them even at your favourite fishing spot. Some of the anglers you meet may already be experts in the sport, so it may do you well to befriend them and ask them for advice.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Of course, all of these tips are useless if you don’t try your hand at the sport. Practising can help you improve much quicker, and a hands-on approach definitely pays off more than just reading a book or two. While no one’s necessarily perfect, practising does get you pretty close to it.

So, what are you waiting for? Fly fishing is actually very relaxing and I look forward to each trip. I hope this article helps to inspire more to enjoy the sport.

 


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.