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Old 12-06-2009, 04:14 PM
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Heya, I haven't ever been trout fishing before, but I want to try it and one of my mate's just got me equipment. Before we go out, I thought I'd try to learn more and I found this forum. What's the number one thing I need to know?
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:10 PM
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In my opinion, which is based on over thirty years of "Fluff Drowning", there are few "rules".
To be successful at fly fishing, never rush anything. Take time to take in the location you intend to fish, check the tree line which might decide your casting limits, if it’s a river, don’t be tempted to wade until you have fished the banks edge in front of you on a short line. On a still water stand well back from the edge of the water and try the short line close to the bank before you start to cast further out. Water craft is a HUGE part of fly fishing, spotting cruising fish, how they are feeding in still or running water, learn these and you will catch consistently.
Take a look around undergrowth, do a “kick survey” by dragging you feet through the long grass to raise any insects there, are there insects on the underside of leaves or on branches of overhanging trees which could be a food item for the fish, if so try to match the insect with a fly – it doesn’t have to be exact, colour and size are what matter generally, followed by shape, speed of retrieve and depth.
In the darker days of winter, I prefer dark flies on a dull day and bright flies on a sunny one, this maximises the silhouette that the fish see - while keeping the fly small and in the upper water layers or “film”.
As with any sort of fishing, wear polarised glasses, they will let you see below the water surface.
Above all, do not try too hard when you first start casting, just relax and let the rod do the casting –its what I tell all my pupils – some listen and some don’t – the ones that don’t, tend to complain that their shoulders, wrists and arms hurt after several hours tuition, they do tend to listen on the next lesson though!
So, it’s not all about casting to the horizon, look, listen, let the surroundings sink in and relax, you will enjoy it all the more. Finesse, accuracy and catching loads of wary trout will come later.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:32 AM
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Kirk,

It really depends on a lot of factors but Speymad gave you a few tips.

I started out spinning - in short you use a rod with a reel that spins when you use it. Your line has a float on it that sits on the top of the water with a hook dangling below. The hook has some bait on it and when a trout begins to attack the bait you get a strike. Don't pull too early otherwise you'll scare the fish away - wait until the float is underneath the water completely and the trout is dragging the bait away then with a sharp clean jerk ensure the hook becomes lodged in the mouth of the fish.

I would recommend you visit a fishery and start out spinning in a bait pond. Most fisheries have rods you can hire so go along and give it a try before buying lots of kit.

Take along an angling friend or hire a guide at the fishery.

Alternatively, if you are fly fishing then you are casting a hook tied with materials to look like a fly into the water. You slowly pull the line in using a variety of retrieval methods to imitate the water life; for example slow jerks on the line to imitate a fly that is in distress/hurt.

Trout rise to the top of the water (if your line is a floating one, you can get sinking lines but that's for more amateur anglers than novices) and strike on your fly in a quicker fashion than they probably do with spinning bait because they are exposed at the top of the water and flies are very fast movers.

I'd follow the same advice as spinning, i.e ask an angling friend to take you, hire a rod and get some tuition.

Fishing isn't the cheapest sport especially when starting out but it is certainly enjoyable and relaxing. Make sure you enjoy it before you spend all your money!
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:07 PM
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Thanks for the great tips! I didn't know that wearing polarized sunglasses was important. My friend hasn't given me much advice yet. I'll have to consider some tuition after Aaron and I go next week.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:18 PM
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Since this is in the fly fishing section in the forum, I'd say have your friend take you to a large open field and teach you the basics of fly casting. If you've never done it before, it's a bit of a learning experience.
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