Presentation is Key to Catching Fish!

Presentation is Key to Catching Fish!

Watch as our friends over at Redington show us how to properly present your fly to the fish.

A key to your success on the water will depend on your presentation. One false move could end your day with little or no fish.

This video will help you understand where and how to present your fly in a manner that will fool the fish. Enjoy, and share the love!

 

ARE THERE ANY OTHER BETTER TIPS IN SELECTING A FLY ROD THAN THIS?

ARE THERE ANY OTHER BETTER TIPS IN SELECTING A FLY ROD THAN THIS?

Perhaps the most common question asked between fly anglers is, “What rod are you fishing?” Fly rods are the focal point of a fly angler’s arsenal the rock stars of your fishing gear. Successful fly fishers won’t simply know the brand and name of the rod they are fishing; they will know why their rod makes them more likely to catch fish. And though modern-day fly rods are packed with a variety of different technologies, understanding them doesn’t have to be difficult. Usually, the first thing a new fly fisherman does is to look for a new fly rod. The problem is that there is so much information out there and so many different types and sizes of rods that a beginner can get confused and frustrated very quickly.  Basically, a fly rod has three functions:

  • Casting – the fly rod allows for the fly line to be cast with power and accuracy. A good fly rod, in combination with good fly casting skills, also allows the fly and fly line to be placed on the water in such a way so as to not spook the fish.
  • Line Control – Once you have your fly out on the water and it is happily floating away, the next function of a fly rod is to provide for line control. A fly rod allows you to have control over the line that is out on the water.
  • Striking and Landing Fish – a fly rod is used to both set the hook on a fish and to fight and land the fish. The fly rod needs to be flexible and strong enough to bend, sometimes under great pressure, without breaking or snapping.

Consider your budget, and then buy the best rod you can afford.  You should spend approximately twice as much on your rod as your reel.  Your fly rod should help you develop your skills. Fly Rod We run an instruction-oriented service and commonly encounter anglers who are fighting their gear, often because the fly rod was under-prioritized in the equipment acquisition process.  Beginners and experts alike benefit from a high quality fly rod.  This is your physical connection to the sport. Choose a fly rod with a medium, medium-fast, or fast action.  Don’t choose a slow action rod or an ultra-fast rod for your all-arounder.  Rods with medium, medium-fast, or fast actions are toward the middle of the action spectrum:  not too stiff, not too soft.  Medium-fast rods, are universally easy to cast and a joy to fish. If you are going to fish a lot on larger, windy rivers, choose a fast action rod.  If you are going to primarily fish smaller rivers, let’s say 20-50 feet across, choose a medium action rod, which flexes more deeply with less line in use.  As long as you stay away from the extremes, you can’t go wrong with a medium, medium-fast, or fast-action rod. Longer rods are better roll casters, better casters with long leaders, better for line mending and steering your fly through long drifts, and generally better for nymphing.  However, longer rods are harder to cast in the wind and tend to be heavier than their shorter equivalents. Fly Rod on Rock Longer rods are better shock absorbers for protecting tippet, but offer less leverage on heavy fish. Shorter rods cut nicely through the wind and have a lovely weightlessness, but are limited when it comes to casting long leaders and working with nymphing rigs.  Shorter rods are generally better pure casters, but not as adept at line mending and roll casting. Short rods offer superior leverage for turning, lifting and landing heavy fish (like tarpon). Higher line weight fly rods offer more power and are superior for casting larger flies in the wind. They are also generally superior for landing heavy fish. Lower line weight fly rods offer greater touch and stealth.  They offer advantages in catching spooky fish and are generally less fatiguing to cast.

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Fly Fishing in Slow Motion..

Fly Fishing in Slow Motion..

Fly Fishing requires one to slow down and focus on the task at hand.

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The Beauty of Fly Fishing!

Fly Fishing has and will always be an art practiced and sought out by those with a adventurous spirit! Fly Fishing gives the angler the challenge of slowing down and connecting with the elements. The key in becoming a successful fly fisher is harnessed with the ability to slow down ones mind.

The truth of the matter is; most people who want to learn how to fly fish will never become successful at catching fish because they don’t take the time  to slow down. We are not being dogmatic by any means but our world is cluttered with one challenge after another. The pursuit of living a satisfying life seems to be a daunting task and doesn’t make room for meditation.

But out of the cloud caused by the giant rat race comes the few who find their strengths through fly fishing. These people have a hunger for life and it’s adventure. They seem to leave their work at work and hone in on the task at hand. The journey they are on is met with one joy after another.

It brings us great joy to see not only individuals but family’s leave their struggles behind and connect with the outdoors. We also understand that there are a lot of people who want to start fly fishing but can never find the time. With this in mind we have brought together our experience and information across the web to get you motivated  and make time to #optoutside!

Our First Fly Fishing Resource is a video by Latitude Guiding. Enjoy!

Did you notice how beautiful the day was? Perfect Fly Fishing Weather!

It’s days like these that make catching fish just that much more rewarding. A huge part of  their success was slowing down and reading the water. In the beginning it showed them tying on a couple of dry flies. This required them to focus and think about what was hatching and what the fish were eating.

Key tip to remember:

They also were very cautious and stayed a good distance away from the fish.

Our next resource is a fly casting video by Orvis. This video will help you gain confidence with your cast and motivate you to try out your new skills.

 

Whether your just learning how to fly fish or have been fly fishing forever, perfecting the basic cast is the foundation to your overall success on the water. Orvis has always put out great how to fly casting videos and we encourage you to read up on ways to improve your casting.

Last but not least is another amazing video put out by Todd Moen. Here we will learn about the entomology of the water through observation.

Just a little bit of love!! 

Huge brown trout in Montana are an amazing fish to catch. As you may have noticed the hatch of the day were PMDs and boy oh boy were the fish hungry. The number one thing we hope you take away from this video:

Fish are selective about their food. Did you see the huge selection of different sizes and colored flies they had? Matching the hatch is crucial if you want to be successful on the water.

Today we have focused on three key elements of fly fishing:

  1. Slowing Down– Taking the time to take it all in.
  2. Fly Casting– Presenting the fly in a manner that fools the fish.
  3. Entomology– Matching the hatch means more fish.

We hope you enjoyed these videos as much as we did. As you continue to learn more about fly fishing, remember to slow down and take fly fishing one step at a time. What seems impossible will become easy if you practice a few simple disciplines on the water. If you enjoyed these videos and want to learn more please feel free to join Seamwater on the journey of fly fishing in slow motion. Fish On!