Fly Fishing -- It's More Than Just Casting Dry Flies to Rising Trout

Fly Fishing — It's More Than Just Casting Dry Flies to Rising Trout

Lefty Kreh

Most people think of fly fishing as meandering streams in the Catskill Mountains or snowmelt-fed rivers in the Rockies and Sierras. And then there are the flies. Hard-core fly anglers talk about the scientific names of insects as fluently as kids today talk about the latest boy band or the newest teen-oriented show on the WB.

Fly fishing still continues to have a small image problem. Most think it is too difficult and expensive, and if you don't live near a stream or river called the Battenkill or the Madison, you're out of luck. But many people are finding that fly fishing isn't just for trout anymore, and manufacturers are making quality, inexpensive gear for people who want to learn, enjoy and be successful on their favorite body of water — no matter where that is.

Leading companies in the fly fishing industry are concentrating more and more on people who want to take up the sport. For example, Scientific Anglers, a worldwide leader in the fly-fishing business, has responded to the rising use of DVD players and DVD-equipped personal computers. This is a new way to introduce people to the sport, in a format that's inviting to today's younger generation. It's new Fly Fishing Made Easy is available in both DVD and VHS formats, offering a four-part plan on putting together the essential gear, how to assemble it with appropriate knots, casting techniques and on-the-water action on how the plan fits together to catch fish.

Fly Fishing Made Easy

As it with movies rented or bought on DVD's, the Fly Fishing Made Easy DVD format includes bonus sections with further tips and instruction from leading sources and educators in the sport, and for those playing it on web-enabled computers, instant access to the Scientific Anglers web site for additional information on its fly-fishing products.

And to make sure new fly anglers can start off in the sport as simply as possible, Scientific Anglers also offers its Fly Fishing kits. These fly line-reel-rod combinations include everything needed, including line backing and a tapered leader. Plus, an informative knot-tying and tackle assembly booklet guides you through putting all the components together. You can find them at tackle shops, leading tackle catalog outlets and sporting good stores for under $100.

Bonefish

There's more to fly fishing than the traditional thought of casting dry flies to rising trout. Fly fishing in saltwater continues to be a growth area in the sport, and that includes both men and women. Consider the Scientific Anglers Women's World Invitational Fly Championship, an all-release tarpon fly fishing tournament, that makes its annual stop in the Florida Keys during June. And specialty fly lines, such as the Scientific Anglers Mastery Series Bonefish lines have been developed with a horizon color to blend in with the sky and surf to prevent spooking fish. Scientists have also developed special core materials to cast properly in hot, tropical conditions.

No matter where you live or the type of waters you fish, there are instructional tools and fly fishing gear available to help you be successful. The best first step is to visit an area fly-fishing shop for expert advice and quality tackle.