Okay, it’s time to get started! Before you begin learning things like how to choose a fly and how to fly-cast, there are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • Tell an adult where you are going, and take a fishing buddy.
  • Learning any new skill takes understanding and patience, so take some time to practice new techniques at home.
  • Before you arrive at your location, study the different species of fish and the variety of insects that live there. When you arrive, it is good to familiarize yourself with your surroundings, and make sure you are able to move safely around the body of water.
  • Take some time to learn how to “read the water,” and understand where a fish might live. Fish need oxygen, access to abundant food and shelter to thrive.
  • Take care when handling tools and materials — their misuse can be harmful. Hooks are sharp and running fly line can easily tangle or cut.
  • It is important to follow the exact method of tying a knot each time. Recommended knots are strong, reliable and less likely to slip, guaranteeing a more productive day on the water.
  • The best way to learn to fish is to go fishing with someone else! If you know someone who knows how to fish, they can probably teach you specific tips about your local fishing spots.

Our friends at Orvis have a great online Fly Fishing Learning Center.  Check it out!