Learning how to fly fish is easy!
To truly understand what is fly fishing, you need to know that the defining attribute of fly fishing is the unique way we deliver our lure, commonly referred to as a fly. This action is called fly casting. Unlike other fishing casts, where the weight of the lure or bait carries the fishing line, fly casting relies on the mass of a thicker, heavier fly line to carry and deliver our near weightless fly.
The primary benefit of fly fishing is the ability to deliver a fly (lure) to a fish without making a splash on the water. This comes in handy when fishing for nervous trout in clear water. Although fly casting is very different from other forms of fishing, approached correctly…fly casting is actually quite easy to learn.
Even if you’re already an accomplished conventional (spinning or casting rod) angler, it’s a great idea to spend some time learning the basics of a fly cast. Once understood, and with just a bit of correct fly casting practice, you’ll arrive stream-side ready to focus more on catching than casting.
The basic goal of any fly cast is to tell your weighted fly line where you want it to go. Wherever your fly line goes, so too will your fly. Once you gain control over your fly line, the rest is just fishing. The Leland Casting Method is our proven approach to get just about anyone efficiently moving fly line in no time.
Leland’s 3 Fly Casting Principles
1. Remove fly line slack. 2. Using the rod, “pull” the line. 3. Stop the rod.
The video below will explain these three fly casting principles in more detail. Enjoy.