Often we are up against fish that for a variety of reasons are extra spooky or that just won’t hit a lure. Some of the causes include bright sunlight, clear water and small baits. When this happens the tendency is to downsize the lure and make longer casts to the fish. Many times this works. But there are the occasions when the fish still don’t hit our lure, even with we’ve thrown everything we got at them. Remember, going smaller, hence lighter with a lure makes those longer casts harder. Sometimes to have greater success we need to use a lure made of materials that are extremely light and provide a more realistic look to the fish. A lure this is not heavy enough to be cast in the conventional way.
An alternative way to present or cast the lure to these fish is to change the technique and instead of using the weight of the lure to carry the line, we use Sand Casting Service the weight of the line to carry a relatively weightless lure. To do this we need to change our tackle and the lure. Yes, I’m talking about fly fishing.
For years fly fishing was considered the domain of the freshwater fisherman, and it was. Early in the 1900’s there was a very small group of fishers who started pursuing offshore fish with fly the fishing rod, but it was not until later on, during center of the the twentieth century that fly fishing pioneers like Joe Brooks began popularizing the technique. Since the 1970’s and 80’s the growth of offshore fly fishing has been huge, led by fishing individuality like Left Kreh, Bob Popovics, Lou Tabory yet others. The standard of the tackle has improved to the point that for many adventurous offshore fly rodders, no fish is off limits. But, I’m not going to get into blue water fly fishing, but instead a quick and easy way how the inshore offshore fisherman can add to his bag of tricks.
Remember, earlier I said we can use the weight of the line to carry the lure. That’s all fly fishing basically is. What’s needed is some basic equipment like a fly fishing line, baitcasting reel, line and jigs. The jigs are outright tackle, called jigs more as a tradition arising from the beginning of fly fishing when the lure did indeed copy an insect pest. In the salt the jigs are used copy bait fish, crustaceans, like crabs and shrimp, and sometimes red worms like sand and cinder red worms. The materials used in making, or rather tying, jigs provide a translucency and realism difficult with metal, plastic or wood. The motion and texture created can far exceed other artificials.
The most important part of fly fishing is learning how to cast. Many times this is shrouded in a mysterious, vocabulary riddled explanation leaving the first timer to consentrate it’s a talent. It isn’t. Fly casting is a skill for sure and just as spin casting and bait casting require different learned skill sets, so does fly casting. The best way, along with perhaps the only way to learn how to cast is when you’re not fishing. When you try to learn if you are fishing the focus always becomes trying to catch a fish and the learning blackberry curve becomes greatly longer. This is really no different in learning to use a bait caster, for example.
You can approach the training phase in several ways. One is to use the services of an expert. Not a bad choice if you can afford it since this would jump start the whole process. Another way is to have someone you know, who guess what happens he’s doing, educate you on. This is not as easy as it sounds. Many competent newbees lack the teaching skills needed to convey the concepts. There are also the many fly fishing clubs that frequently offer clinics for free or at a minimal cost. On the more costly end are the fly fishing schools like those run by the Orvis Company and LL Bean. But the most common way I see, are people who are self taught. Teaching yourself isn’t a bad option to go as long as you have the space to do it. It has become much easier over the years with the number of excellent Digital video disks and books on the market by fishing celebrities like Lefty Kreh or the late Mel Krieger. These Digital video disks are easy to understand and demonstrates how easy fly casting in fact is.