Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fly Fishing: Fly Tying With The Improved Clinch Knot

By: Marilyn Roberts

Fly fishing is a great way to challenge yourself and relieve your stress at the same time. There is nothing else in the world quite like fly fishing. It is something that takes real skill and a lot of practice to master. Yet even before you get really good at it, you will fall in love with the sport.

There are many different aspects to fly fishing that need to be practiced and perfected. One of the most important of all is fly tying. After all, if you do not properly tie the fly while you are fly fishing, then you could very well lose a fish just after you hook it.

The fly is actually tied to the tippet, which is at the end of the fly fishing line. The easiest and most widely used method for fly tying is the Improved Clinch Knot. However, this method of fly tying should only be used for under twenty pound test.

For fly tying with the Improved Clinch Knot, first you have to put five or six inches of the tipper through the eye of the hook. Then take the tag end of the tippet and, going away from the hook, wrap it five times around the standing part of the tippet.

Next, in the space between the hook eye and the first wrap, push the tag end of the tippet through. This should create an open loop above the wraps. Take the tag end of the tippet and put it through this loop. Then pull on the tie just until the knot begins to tighten.

As you tighten the knot while fly tying, slowly pull on both ends, the hook and the standing part of the tippet. Do this until the knot is firmly against the hook. Then cut off the excess line at the tag end of the tippet.

Remember to always properly dispose of your excess line when you are through tying your fly. Do not litter and help to destroy the very nature that you love. Also remember that this type of fly tying only works for fly tying that is below twenty pounds of test.

Fly fishing is a great hobby for anyone who likes a challenge. It is also great to help relieve stress. One of the most important parts of fly fishing is fly tying. If this is not done correctly you may lose that big fish that you worked so hard to catch. The most popular and easiest way to tie a fly is to use the Improved Clinch Knot method.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Ancient Art of Fly Fishing- Getting The Right Equipment

By: Paul Winter

Distinctly different from any other method of angling, fly-fishing is a style angling that has a history dating back to ancient times. While some fisherman may use a rod and reel to sit back, relax and perhaps catch a fish; the fly fisherman wades into the water and uses his honed skills to lure the fish to bite. Fly fishing has several distinct characteristics that make it different from any other style of angling, the main being the technique and bait used, and the special fly fishing equipment the angler uses.

Fly-fishing has developed, as a standard, a variant rod and reel that works a bit differently than the traditional closed or open spool reels. Fly rods are light and flexible, and usually made of fiberglass or other composite materials. Fly rods are made to different lengths, so when you choose your fly fishing equipment, it's best to know what species of fish you're after. Traditionally the fly angler seeks to catch trout or salmon, but other species of fish have been known to be responsive to the fly angling method.

The fly rod has another unique feature, that is, the type of fishing line a fly rod uses is usually thicker than any other type of angling line. It's the weight and thickness of the line, combined with the weight of the fly, that gives fly-fishing it's unique casting techniques.

Although the fly rod is an important piece of fly fishing equipment, it's the type, weight, and color of the artificial fly that affects the art of angling for the fly fisherman. Flies fall into three different categories, surface floating flies, partially submerged flies, and below surface flies, each having it's own specific style of casting.

Fly fishing equipment can be expensive, but don't worry, the fly rod is usually the most expensive purchase, the flies and fishing line are relatively inexpensive. Often, experienced fly fishers will eventually learn how to create their own flies to use. This gives your fly fishing experience a custom feel to it, and can cut down costs dramatically. If you're a beginner, finding a mentor can be the best way to learn about and get the feel of each article of fly fishing equipment.

So, if you're an outdoor enthusiast, a seasoned angler or just interested in learning about fly-fishing, try it out! Fly-fishing is a sort of 'antique technique', passed down from generation to generation. With the right knowledge and correct equipment, fly-fishing is a hobby that can last a lifetime.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Become A Fly Fishing Master

Become A Fly Fishing Master

Fly fishing is a spectacular hobby. Very few pastimes combine so many interesting features. From physical dexterity to a knowledge of biology to a mastery of area entomology, fly fishers are able to explore so many exciting topics in their quest for those thrilling moments when a fish leaps and takes a fly in his mouth.

As with so many worthwhile pursuits, however, it isn’t always easy. In exchange for the fun, fulfillment and excitement offered by the hobby, one must put forth a genuine effort. Fortunately, much of the work is fun. Any angler would enjoy reading more about the hobby and the game he or she will be pursuing. Anyone with the slightest interest in fly fishing won’t mind practicing his or her cast until the body’s muscles have memorized each element of the motion.

Successful anglers should be role models for all of us. They have combined three powerful traits that can help anyone to live a better and more successful life. Consider the two keys to fly fishing success. While you do, think about how those lessons might apply to anyone’s life and how fly fishing just might be something of a microcosm of life.

Patience is a virtue. That sentiment has been expressed so many times that it has almost lost its meaning. Clearly, the message has been lost by many of us as we move through our hectic lives at warp speed, rarely even stopping to catch our breath. Those who fly fish, however, have acknowledged the importance of patience and have made it part of their lives.

A day of fly fishing may feature scores of struggles with potential trophy fish. A day fraught with that kind of excitement, however, is no more likely than a day spent with only a single nibble. No-catch days are common, yet the fly fishing master will still stand in that unmistakable posture, casting again and again, waiting patiently for his opportunity.

Those who don’t practice patience find themselves switching casts, flies and locations so often that they rarely have a line above the water. The only successful anglers are those who have patience.

Knowledge is power. That’s another old cliche many of us disregard. We jump in headfirst without knowing exactly what we are doing and without the information necessary to successfully confront a challenge. An angler, on the other hand, comes to the stream with knowledge. He or she understands the equipment, the stream, the weather, the fish likely to be swimming about and a host of other factors.

Those who attempt to fly fish without that kind of knowledge are far more likely to have their patience tested than the well-informed, who are able to maximize their chance of success. Those who fish with a box full of tackle and a mind full of data are the ones most likely to leave happily at the end of the session.

Does all of this mean that those who fly fish are somehow superior to those of us who don’t? I am sure a few fly fishing advocates might argue that is the case, but that really isn’t the point. The crucial thing to recognize is that fly fishing encourages both the development and use of a few mental habits from which we all could certainly benefit.

Fly fishing is an object lesson in the value of patience and the power of knowledge. It shows us that taking those two concepts to heart can be the difference between a fulfilling experience and frustration. That’s an important lesson no matter how it is taught.

Imagine how peoples lives might be improved if everyone committed themselves to being knowledgeable and found it within themselves to be a little more patient. It’s hard to argue that the world wouldn’t be a better place. Will fly fishing make you a better person? Not necessarily. Then again, it may remind you and those around you of the value of those two key attributes. Fly fishing is patience and knowledge in action and the result is really quite amazing.

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