Fly fishing is not just some hobby to waste time, but a true sport. To be good at any sport you must prepare your craft and often use specific tools to add to your knowledge and skills. Your effectiveness overall in fly fishing can be broken down to how you handle situations and how you use the combination of tools and skill to make a catch. Someone who is quite skilled in fly fishing is expert Brian Speier Freeport. Below Brian gives advice that can better even those brand new to fly fishing.
You have heard how practice makes perfect. Well Brian agrees with this statement. Like most things you may have the tools or knowledge, but without execution again and again, it is nothing but a dream and up to chance. He recommends if you cannot go out daily to practice your aim and accuracy against a wall. Do this daily will improve in time your skills in fly fishing. This is key to practice as well as tying good knots and practicing watching fish movement in certain areas you may visits consistently.
Another tip from Brian is to make a detailed account of very specific things. Things such as location, time of day, bodies of water, and movement of fish. The more you find yourself at the same body of water on a consistent basis; the more you can think in advance of what to expect. With more knowledge you apply specific techniques that are almost guaranteed to work. But again, this is in the preparation for that location and not the location itself.
As state above tying knots enhances effectiveness as well. Brian firmly believes in making the knot wet before the line is pulled tight. The stronger a pull you place on a knot shows how much weight it can hold. Any knots with small cuts or frays will greatly reduce the amount of weight it can hold. This is crucial because with all other factors in place this has the greatest potential to ruin a good catch. This must be consistently checked so that over time the weights applied to the knot won’t eventually just give. This strategy truly can make or break a catch. Brian also recommends keep a close eye on the bait used. You have two options that Brian recommends, worms or insects.
If you will use worms Brian recommends San Juan worms. They have a pretty hefty amount of protein that is very attractive to fish. While not typical for fly fishing they offer a good rate in return. Just like the insects, worms have the protein they are looking for in a meal. An additional bonus with the worms is sometimes a fish may not fully eat the worm. Either just a small portion is bitten off, or the whole worm not swallowed. While this is rare, this can allow for a small bonus as you can now use this same worm for the next catch.
And of course, Brian discusses as well the types of fish to use. He believes the bright or darker the fly the more effective. Something in between in color is foreign to the fish and not as attractive. Darker fish work best when the water itself is dirty or dark. This allows the darker fly to be seen through the water via its silhouette. Lighter flies should only be used when the water is slightly off-colored. The fish can clearly see the brighter flies through this water, increasing your chance of success.
Overall, ones fly fishing experience can truly be increased once just a few tips and tricks are applied to the equation. To many the sport can seem tedious or difficult. But with the advice of Brian Speier Freeport at hand, you are definitely much more like to succeed.