Fly fishing

Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line.

Fly Fishing Facts

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Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water.

Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water. North Americans usually distinguish freshwater fishing between cold-water species (trout, salmon, steelhead) and warm-water species, notably bass. In Britain, where natural water temperatures vary less, the distinction is between game fishing for trout and salmon versus coarse fishing for other species. Techniques for fly fishing differ with habitat (lakes and ponds, small streams, large rivers, bays and estuaries, and open ocean.)

  • Unlike other casting methods, fly fishing can be thought of as a method of casting line rather than lure.
  • Spey casting requires a longer, heavier two-handed fly rod, referred to as a "Spey rod".
Many credit the first recorded use of an artificial fly to the Roman Claudius Aelianus near the end of the 2nd century.