Tag Archive: fly fishing

Nov 09

Do Fish Feel Pain?

When fly fishing anglers are careful to take care of the environment, and respect their quarry. Among the questions that anglers and non-anglers alike may have is whether fish feel pain or not? While a fish won’t care for a hook being in its mouth, and you should not fight a fish for too long, …

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Oct 14

Fly fishing flies: stonefly 3

Unlike other common aquatic insects for fly fishing, stoneflies are a type of trout food that does not hatch beneath, within, or on top of the water’s surface film. Instead they undergo their final moult to winged adults on land. They will generally find a log, rock, or sandy area near shore to initiate their …

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Oct 09

Fly fishing flies: mayfly 2

This series of four blogs on fly fishing mayflies will, we hope, give you a better grasp of what they are all about, and furnish you with some valuable data for your angling pursuits. From the nymph stage, the mayfly emerges from its underwater habitat and hatches into a winged adult. Subsequently it will live …

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Oct 03

Fly fishing flies: caddis 1

As ever in this blog we will keep returning to the subject of fly fishing flies. It’s a large, fascinating subject, and it’s as well to learn as much as you can about their entomology, behaviour, habitat and habits as part of your fly fishing arsenal. Knowing as much as you can about the real …

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Sep 20

‘X’ Leader Sytem?..Tippet & Leader Comparison Table

I hope the following is helpful for those who get confused with ‘X’ ratings and tippet sizes? Stroft Tippet & Leader Diameter Table Tippet Size Tippet Diameter Approximate breaking strength in Stroft GTM/ABR (kilos/pounds) Balances with fly sizes: Inches Millimetre Kg lb 9x .0025″ 0.06 0.70 1.50 8X .0035″ 0.08 1.00 2.20 22 – 28 …

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Aug 25

Water transparency in fly fishing

An important skill in fly fishing is learning to judge the waters before you even start assembling your rod and line. Lakes and rivers can be divided into categories. First, they are defined by the clarity of the water. How clear the water is determines the depth at which fish lie and the distance from …

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Aug 21

Approaching the water when fly fishing

If you understand, and respect your environment, and your place in it when fly fishing, take pride in your skills, you will have a better experience all round. Be sure to take in the natural world all around you, how the animals behave, changes in plants and insects, the changeable flow of water in rivers and …

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Jul 16

Evolution of Fly Fishing: 6

It seems likely that the fly fishing proper had its origins in the 16th and 17th centuries. At the time recreational fishing for sport or leisure took was just beginning to take off, coincidentally with the publication of Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler, or Contemplative Man’s Recreation in 1653. This book is regarded as definitive …

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Jul 15

Evolution of Fly Fishing: 5

While modern day fly fishing tackle is sophisticated, the earliest fishermen didn’t let the lack of technology stop them – in very early times even three pronged tridents were used to spear fish. But there is another very significant type of fishing which requires very different skills –  deep sea diving, and pearl fishing in …

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Jun 29

Fly Fishing: Casting Basics 2

No matter how good you are at casting there are days when you are fly fishing that you just can’t make it work right. Before you start, then, it’s a good idea to take a deep breath, take in your environment and ground yourself before you begin. Go back to the basics. Use the stop, …

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Jun 09

Kit Cleaning for Fly Fishing: Grips

With fly fishing, as with other sports, it’s important to keep your kit in good order. While we’re not suggesting that anglers are lazy, many clean their fly lines, reels and other equipment, but don’t give the same care to their rods. It’s not a difficult job, either, and with the cost of rods getting …

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Jun 06

Fly Fishing in Saltwater

Thanks to ease and speed of transport, the world is growing much smaller when it comes to fly fishing. Gone are the days when anglers would spend most of their time in colder climes, and many are now seeking to enjoy their sport in warmer waters. Saltwater fishing has been growing in popularity, and anglers …

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Jun 01

Fly Fishing for Bass

Let’s take a look at an interesting species which can be taken in fly fishing, the bass. There are two main kinds: the large mouthed bass (micropterus salmoides); and the small mouthed bass (micropterus dolomieu). Widely distributed throughout the United States of America, bass are regarded as being the most sporting of fish. Not only …

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May 29

Fly Fishing for Puritans

In the annals of fly fishing, most anglers would confine their sport to casting a fly to a rising fish. So puritanical were they in this approach that when rises were not apparent on the surface, they simply did not fish. Towards the end of the 19th century, G.E.M. Skues, who was a hugely successful …

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May 28

Nymphs in Fly Fishing

If you are dedicated to fly fishing you will probably want to know as much as you can about every aspect of the sport – and in this blog we even touch upon Greek mythology. The subject in hand is the nymph. Originally the term nymph described only the larval stage of mayflies and damsel …

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May 25

Trout Fly Lures: 2

In this, our second instalment about the history and uses of trout fly lures, we’re taking a look at where they come from and how they developed from their point of origin. In the UK anglers have used large streamer-type flies such as the multi-hook Terrors and other types of lure. But most patterns as …

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May 19

Fly Fishing: Nymphs

Nymphs are widely used in fly fishing, chalkstreams being a favourite area for them. Nymphs describe the larval stage of mayflies (ephemeroptera) and also – in this case sometimes known as naiads – of damsel and dragonflies (odanata). Other aquatic insects have their own generic terms: stoneflies were called creepers, sedgeflies were caddis worms, while …

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May 17

The Origins of Fly Fishing: 4

Volumes could be written on the subject of the history alone of fly fishing. And we would end up with possibly the longest blog in history. However, allowing for the fact that our readers would much rather be out on a river with a rod and line, we’ll keep our blog postings nice and short, …

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May 13

The Origins of Fly Fishing: 2

Fly fishing has a long and honourable history, some of it apocryphal, though key historical starting points are known to us. Like other sports, such as football, cricket and even hunting the true origins are almost impossible to ascertain with any certainty. However, an early reference to what may have been artificial flies were made …

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May 09

The Origins of Fly Fishing: 1

  Fly fishing is a fascinating, complex, multi-faceted and rewarding pursuit (or should we call it an art?) Whether you are the occasional hobbyist or completely immersed in the sport, it has something to offer everyone. Besides the skills one needs to develop in order to have any success at all, there is scope to …

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