Fly fishing is a form of fishing with a rod, line and hook for recreation or sports. Artificial fly is used to catch fish and is cast using a fly rod, reel and specialized weighted line. Casting almost weightless fly requires great casting skills that are different from usual forms of casting. Fishermen in fly fishing use flies that look like baitfish, invertebrates and other food organisms to provoke the fish to bite at the fly. Fly fishing can be done in both salty and fresh water. Here are the best fly fishing methods.

a typical green highlander salmon fly for fly fishing

1. Casting

In fly casting, it us the weight of the line that carries the fly to the fish as compared to spin casting where the weight of the artificial bait pulls the line off the reel. The fly rod and line as well as the fly will go in the direction the rod tip points in a cast, hence the need to learn the technique of using the fly rod. Due to its flexibility a fly rod gives you the ability to cast the rod, then through it release energy to send out the line. For the rod to release energy, you have to bend it then stop. A good bending and releasing of the fly rod will make a nice fly cast wirh good energy. Releasing this energy is more of timing rather than using your strength. Practice practice makes perfect, therefore the need to do casting practically starting with short casting like 30 feet. To make a good grip of the rod you need to grasp it firmly with your casting hand while you place your thumb on top of the rod grip.

2. Reach casting

Reach casting is a casting methodology used in fly fishing. It involves the casting of the lure over water that is flowing like in a stream. Before the fly just lands, you move the arm and fly rod in the upstream direction to set up the line such that drag in the water is Minimal. This technique gives a higher chance of the bait being taken by the fish as it resembles a free floating insect. For the experienced caster, reach casting allows them to pitch curved casts so that they can cast the lures into hard places.

3. Spey casting

Spey casting is another casting technique in fly fishing that originated from Scotland in the mid 1800s. It can be carried out with a normal length fly rod or a rod known as double handed fly rod (spey rod).  The commonly used styles in Spey casting are Single Spey and Reverse Double Spey. The Single Spey is the most useful method. It casts the line the farthest, and it can be used even with winds blowing upstream.  The Reverse Double Spey cast is easier than the Single Spey.

4.Fly fishing for Trout

To be a proficient fly fisherman for trout then you must learn the fly fishing tips that apply to trout whether you are to fish in a small stream or a lake. These will include:•Observing your surroundings and getting to know what trout need for survival.•Remember Sound travels faster in water and wading can spook the trout. So if you must wade, wade softly.•Learn to fish with the insect larva. •Learn to sharpen your hook frequently.•Examine your fly and tippet after every five or six casts. Check them for wind knots.