Introduction to Fly Fishing 15 October, 2017

Many people are not new to fishing; however, fly fishing may be another vocabulary to them. The term means an angling method of catching fish with the use of artificial flies. With the introduction of fly fishing in the past, only specific types of fish such as salmon and trout could be caught using this method. These days, however, it has been found out that various kinds of fish such as the pike, carp and striped bass can be caught this way.

Many methods use the angling technique to catch fish; however, they all differ from fly fishing. All other methods depend on the weight of the lure to pull the line. Nonetheless, fly fishing entails casting the line other than the lure. The reason behind this is that lures used are light for one to cast them. Just as the whip unfurls whenever it gets cracked is the same way in comparison to how the casting is done during fly fishing. It is believed that a professional angler can unfold their line even before there is the return motion during casting. 

The introduction to fly fishing came about 200AD. This method was first written in a book authored by a Roman known as Aelian, and the title of the book was ‘Natural History.' This book in chapter one mentions passing of the Macedonians, their method of catching fish, and explains how the Macedonians would make flies of their own and use them to attract fish. Looking at how the author of this book describes this method of catching fish, you would immediately notice that he is describing the modern day method of catching fish through fly fishing.

The present day’s imitation of flies varies from the flying ones to the ones that float on water. Imitated fly are made to resemble mayflies, caddis, grasshoppers and even ants. Also, those that live under the surface of the water are not left to chance. In fact, some imitators come up with flies that do not look like any natural insect. While using a variety of flies to catch fish, the flier will as well have to use different approaches of fishing.

Manufacturers of flies are not bound to use only one type of materials as they can use both natural and artificial materials to create a standard fly. For example, they can use feathers gotten from ducks, pheasants or other birds. They can also use furs and hairs. They get these from beavers, muskrats, moose, deer or even elk. When it comes to artificial material, more often, they use artificially created synthetic materials. There are also flies created from glass, brass, tungsten beads, etc. Tinsels, wires, and ribbing materials also make standard flies for fishing.

The introduction to fly fishing has been here for not less than two millennia, and it has proved to be an appropriate and exciting method of angling. It is believed that as it has been passed on to this generation, and to the next and even future generations.

Joshua Keaton
Joshua Keaton

Joshua is our senior staff writer for and He is an avid hunter, clay shooter and amateur photographer.