I’m learning fly fishing. For beginners
Taking this kind of article, I am fully aware that I am exposing myself to the fire of criticism from all sides, especially from experienced fly-fishing. But I hope that my recommendations stimulate to a certain extent and they have a desire to share their experience with newcomers.
Unfortunately, fly fishing articles published occasionally in fishing periodicals have the same flaw – they are written mainly for those who have already mastered this difficult method of fishing. Ases, apparently, firstly, they completely forgot about the difficulties that they encountered at first; secondly, for some reason they bypass the silence of fly fishing in bodies of water in central Russia. All published materials, as a rule, are devoted to fishing for trout, trout, grayling or salmon in Kola, Siberia or Karelia – fishing, as my microscopic experience shows, is much simpler than catching a chub, ide or dace on some Ugra near Moscow or Nerl.
And how can a beginner, especially not a water-tourist, practically master fly fishing? Not to go to carry out the first casts somewhere in the wilderness, not even imagining what kind of tackle it is, from what end it is, figuratively speaking, “eat”. How to approach a fisherman trying to master a new business to this technically difficult, but fascinating and in the full sense of the word elite tackle?
Everyone’s passion for fly fishing begins in his own way. Strange as it may seem, the first impetus for me was winter fishing. For almost twenty years since the filing of A. Mailkov in winter, I have been fishing almost exclusively on the “bare hook”, on baits and baits, which, like fly flies, only imitate something edible, but they are not: all kinds of “nymphs” “,” Little devils “,” butterflies “and similar baits.
The second impulse was fishing for summer mormyshka in the interpretation of G. Gatilov, which is, as I now clearly understand, nothing more than a simplified version of fly fishing. So the very logic of life, apparently, led me straight to the fly fishing. A video cassette with colorful shots of trout fishing caught my eye – and I died completely: I bought a whole bunch of different fly fishing guides, starting with the book of J. Stykuts (which has the same drawback – inattention to the very first steps of a beginner) and ending with a colorful but unintelligible , from the point of view of mastering fishing techniques, M. Kurnotsik’s “Encyclopedia of Fly Fishing”.
I still consider the best fly fishing guide for beginners to be the translated book “Fly Fishing: From Easy to Complex” by the German fisherman H. Steinford, published by the publisher “Physical Culture and Sport” in 1985. After reading these books, there came a period of active harassment of acquaintances and unfamiliar fly-fishers with the aim of extracting the necessary information – after all, where to start?
Now I can firmly say: you need to start with fishing clubs or fly fishing sections. It’s not at all that the angler is not able to independently understand what is written in books (by the way, like in fishing literature in general, fly fishing authors quite often contradict each other), but that they are misunderstood from the very beginning technical skills in tackle eradication in the future with great difficulty, I would even say, with blood and sweat. Therefore, in the first period – the development of casting techniques – it is better to engage under the guidance of an experienced trainer. Your fishing buddy, who knows the technique of throwing a fly, must be either a very close friend or relative to ditch your abyss of energy and patience that you need to spend, bringing the beginner’s movements to a state of automatism.
So all that is written below, for a beginner fly fishing, having the opportunity to use the services of a coach, it is better not to read, but to go straight to the nearest fly fishing section. But what about those fishers who are not available to individual training under the supervision of experienced fly fishing men? Try to get to the nearest big city or order by mail a video cassette with a training film on fly fishing. If you don’t have such a blessing of modern civilization as a VCR, just write the gear in the mail – this cannot be avoided. Do not repeat my mistakes, trying to build fly fishing gear from improvised materials – bamboo or fiberglass rods, they do not live long, and they work so that it’s still scary to remember.
So, the first: you need to stock up on a fly fishing guide in some accessible form, as well as gear. Tackle for fly fishing is simple – cord, reel and rod. Let’s start with the rod and the cord, because everything is interconnected here.
For a beginner, from my point of view, you will need a moderately tough rod (note that a rigid spinning rod and a rigid fly fishing rod are different things, a rigid fly fishing rod of 6-7 class of 2.7 meters in length may seem whiplash to you.