Fly fishing is a form of fishing that requires a particular knowledge regarding the equipment used. The main equipment is a fly rod, a reel, and line. A simulated or synthetic fly is used as bait for fish or other sea creatures. Synthetic flies can be made of varying different materials and may differ in shape and pattern, dependent on which creature the fisherman is interested in collecting. There are thousands of varying arrangements that can be used when constructing a fake fly. This act of making the fly is known as fly tying, and most people fly fishing will construct the fly themselves. After being made, the flies are tied onto a heavy line.
Fishermen then cast the line at their desired target. The weight from the line allows the bait to reach the wanted destination. Depending on the location, as it varies from stream, to river, to creek, the fishermen has control over the way in which they want their bait to behave. The fake fly offers endless possibilities: they may be made to imitate real flies and thus fly through the air, mere inches above the water. Alternatively, they may reflected an insect that swims or skims the top of the waters surface. The flies may also be made to sink, dependent on the species that the fisherman is interested in catching. The act of imitation can force a sea creature’s predatory biological nature to occur, thus being the perfect bait.
Fly fishing can occur in both freshwater and saltwater habitats, though each of these habitats require a different approach to fly fishing. Fly fishing requires precise targeting and knowledge of the area. In freshwater fly fishing, the person may be required to stand in the lake, creek or stream, in order to catch any fish. A good pair of fisherman’s boots that keep water out and the warmth in are necessary. This environment enables an independent fishing trip, and may be attributed to recreational fishing, an act in which the fish is caught for pleasure, and then released back into the ocean. Conversely, saltwater fishing usually occurs on boats in shallow waters in lakes and it can also be done from the shore line on beaches.
While it can still be an independent activity, there is opportunity to go on a fishing tour and make it a social and recreational activity. While lakes and creeks and rivers provide ample opportunities for this specialised act. Hence, it is more common in smaller bodies of water that are more easily accessibly with shallow waters. Whatever the taste, fly fishing provides an opportunity for a very D-I- Y style of fishing, by crafting both the artificial fly and having to ensure one has the appropriate angle of casting, it combines with a leisurely opportunity to enjoy nature.