If you’ve made the decision to begin fly fishing but are unsure what you’ll need for your first trip, there are a few pieces of equipment and knowledge required to have a successful time on the water.
While we understand you want to get out and get your “feet wet”, preparation is truly the key for fly fishing: you’ll be glad you took the time to do so.
In this blog post, we will cover these basics to help you reel in all the Northern Pike and more that you’ve always dreamed of.
Get the right gear, but don’t spend a fortune
Fly fishing is a sport that involves lots of equipment, from fly rods to fly reels, fly lines and more. While there is so much gear you can buy to fly fish, you don’t have to go out and spend a fortune right away.
When you’re first starting out you can get by with the basics that include a fly rod, flies, leaders and waders. This will be more than enough when your goal is to just go out and give things a shot.
Have the appropriate licenses
One thing that many novice fly fishermen forget to do is getting the appropriate licenses. Depending on where you are fishing, there will be different licenses required.
If you’re staying at a professional fishing lodge or camp, they will typically be able to provide you with the licenses you require.
Practice your casting
A proper cast is essential for becoming a successful fly fisherman. Before you head out on your first trip we suggest studying up on casting. There are many informational posts online as well as videos that will help you get a better understanding of the art.
Once you feel you have a good understanding of how to cast, head out to your backyard or a local body of water to try things out for yourself.
It’s important to remember that proper casting takes time. Even if you don’t pick up on it right away, just keep trying until you feel comfortable with your cast.
Get used to your waders
While this one may seem unnecessary to some, having a good feel for your waders and wading in water is extremely important for a successful fly-fishing trip.
Since you’ll be out in the water for most of your trip, it is suggested to practice using your waders in a nearby body of water to get a good feel for them and to see if you’ve chosen the right size. Having the correct pair of waders will make a world of difference.
Learn how to read the water
Another piece of information that is extremely important when heading out on your first fly fishing trip is learning how to read the water.
Fish live in different areas in rivers and lakes, and if you don’t recognize these specific spots, you’ll have little luck on the water. Pocket river waters for instance have specific places that fish like to sit and wait for food. Learning how to read the water will help you cast better, know how far to let your fly drift and more.
Fly fishing is a challenging but thrilling hobby that is enjoyed by outdoorsman across the globe. If you are ready to take on this sport and are looking for the perfect place for your first fly fishing trip, we ask that you think of us at Lawrence Bay Lodge. Located on Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan, we’re among Canada’s top locations for fly fishing vacations and will give you every opportunity to have a successful trip.
When you’re ready to book a trip for this upcoming spring or summer, we ask that you give us a call at 701-262-4560 . We’re excited to have you and look forward to assisting with any fly fishing questions you may have.