What is fly fishing?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by dfl, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Brett Angel

    Brett Angel Member

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    Fly fishing is a label used by people to let others know how to classify their style of fishing.
     
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  2. speyfisher

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    We should all be so fortunate as to be born into the sport. Like the young lad I once read about who's Grandfather presented him a fishing license on the day of his birth. Or Press Powell, who could not recall ever not being able to cast a fly rod. For those of us less fortunate, it is often a convoluted path from Opie style with a cane pole, bobber & worm to whatever level we take it. As long as we have enjoyed the ride, who should care?
     
  3. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I use fly fishing for fun. I mean, how much fun can one have throwing flies around to catch and release all you catch. I don't eat fish, well sometimes if there are fish and chips to be bought. But mostly I don't like to eat fish. It's just a lot of fun catching them and putting them back to grow bigger.
     
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  4. speyfisher

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    I never used to eat fish either. At least no more than I had to. Eating fish for me had always been deep fried or Mrs Paul's fish sticks. Experiencing various eclectic recipes, done properly, changed all that. I still practice C&R, but I'm not above a good Salmon fillet, or Spicy Thai Catfish. :D
     
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    So as long as I speycast my double bead thingabobber I'm set? But, no water loading right? ;)
     
  6. FLYFLICKER

    FLYFLICKER Chris

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    Intransitive verb
     
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    Whatever it is, it is my excuse to get outside and be near water
     
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    Whatever it is, it is my excuse to get outside and be near water
     
  9. smallieFanatic

    smallieFanatic Kind of a B-boy.

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    The dictionary defines it very simply, an objective view as to what it is we actually do out on the water.

    "The sport of fishing using a rod and an artificial fly as bait."

    Trying to describe it in any other way is best left to the individual, as there are too many variables to determine a total encompassing definition.
     
  10. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    I'd refer you to the writings of Theodore Gordon,Izaak Walton, Dame Juliana Berners, and a host of those Greats who have led the way for the acolytes of today. Dust off thy tweeds & tie, Grease thy line, and bend on the noble Partridge & Green to thy silk thusly dressed, with veneration of Those Who Have Gone Before. (I'm getting ready to hurl, here:eek:). THAT is fishing with the fly....Barf!
     
  11. Salmo_g

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    No, that graphite rod and chironomid dressed with synthetic materials is not fly fishing. Fly fishing requires using a fly rod made of split Tonkin cane, or alternatively greenheart, a silk fly line, or alternatively braided horsehair, a reel made in England, drawn gut leaders, and flies tied exclusively with natural materials, excepting the man-made steel hook. That is fly fishing. And above all else it is very, very elite. All other fishing is basically knuckle-dragging, mouth breathing, redneck, worm drowning, or some variation thereof.

    Or, it's whatever you think it is. Take yer choice.

    Sg
     
  12. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    This reminds me of an article I just read about trout fishing. Although it was directed towards bait/gear fishing I enjoyed what the author had to say:

    "What I have to explain in my classes is, when it comes to fishing you are dealing with an animal which has a brain the size of a small pea, functions totally on instinct and has probably never had a conscious thought in its life....and the fish aren't very smart either."

    :D
     
  13. Camo Clad Warrior

    Camo Clad Warrior Tight Lines and Screaming Reels!

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    After writing a long winded post about what fly fishing is to me, and deleting it, I have realized.......



    The true definition of "fly fishing" is the individual fisherman himself.
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Who cares?

    Just go fish!

    :cool:
     
  15. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry kids. It's not bamboo. The original tweeds used Greenheart. Get it right. ;)