There’s no better place to spend the day than sitting by the side of a still lake, watching the sun’s rays glisten on the glass mirror, whilst kingfishers fly overhead, and dragonflies flit by. Whilst it may not be an adrenalin-fuelled few hours, the almost meditative nature of fly-fishing is perhaps what’s drawing more people to try it. If you’re new to fly fishing, there are a few things you’ll need before venturing out into the wilderness to make sure you get the best out of your fly fishing adventure.
Fishing rods and flies
You’ll need the right rod for your fishing trip, but with so many to choose from, we suggest for complete beginners a mid-action rod as they are often easier to cast. However, where you’re intending to fish will also have an impact on the rod you need.
Once you’ve found the right rod, you’ll need a fly line and flies. High-quality fly tying materials including dubbing, yarn and feathers are essential for any fly pattern. As you gain experience you can create your own custom patterns dependent on the type of fish you’re catching. And don’t forget the fly box to keep your flies in and stop them being scattered everywhere.
Quick-dry fishing clothing
When you’re out in the water for long periods of time, you’ll want clothes that are both waterproof and quick-drying, as well as being comfortable and breathable. Orvis has a wide range of clothes perfect for fly fishing. Depending on the season, you’ll want layers that are lightweight and moisture-wicking, to keep you warm and dry.
When you go fly fishing it’s vital you have a barrier between you and your environment – and this is where good quality waders come in. Providing safety and protection for your feet from objects on the bed of the river or stream, they’ll also keep the chill at bay.
A fly fishing trip isn’t for the fainthearted. With many hours to kill you’ll want to bring ample food supplies. You’ll need a packed lunch full of protein and fats for energy and sustenance, as well as a bit of sugar to keep you going. And don’t forget a good book for whiling away the hours spent sitting waiting to catch a bite!
Whatever season you choose to go fly fishing in you’ll want to protect your skin with SPF and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Even on dull days, the reflection off the water can cause sun damage, and the glare often leads to squinting which can harm eyes over time too.
If you don’t fancy getting bitten by bugs, it’s worth investing in insect repellent, but remember, some repellent when washed off in water can become harmful to marine life.