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5 Most Common Mistakes Fly Fishermen Make
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5 Most Common Mistakes Fly Fishermen Make

Do you love fly fishing but feel like you’re not catching as many trophies as you should be? Fly fishing is challenging, and even experienced anglers make mistakes. Read about the most common mistakes fly fishermen make so that you can avoid them!

Not Patient or Stealthy

In all types of fishing, patience is essential. But with fly fishing especially, anglers have to practice patience and stealth. Before you wade into the water, observe it from a distance on the shore. Are the fish near the riverbanks feeding in the middle of the stream?

Patience also extends to casting, as many anglers cast too quickly while fly fishing. Make sure you give yourself enough time for your line to load properly. Otherwise, you could have a tangle or a line pile up, which could take much longer to fix.

Too Much False Casting

False casting can be helpful and fun, but many anglers overdo it when they first learn. It may look cool, but false casting too much is a waste of time and energy. At most, you should false cast two or three times—anything more, and it looks like you’re showing off. You could also scare the fish.

Using the Wrong Flies

Anglers have often lost the battle with a fish because they came unprepared with the wrong flies. Look into the waters you’ll be fishing ahead of time. Find out what native species live there and what their feeding habits are. Don’t forget to consider which fly species will be in season when you plan to arrive there.

Making your own is another way to make sure you have the right fly. It’s easy to find fly tying supplies, and there are few better feelings as an angler than catching a trophy fish with a handmade fly!

Weak Knots

Tying knots is integral to fly fishing properly, but even experienced anglers can struggle with this part. We admit that tying knots isn’t easy, but if you don’t master them, you can spend most of your fishing time tying knots instead.

Before fishing, practice the knots and watch tutorial videos online if you find yourself struggling. Once you’ve mastered some knots, your fly fishing experience will instantly improve.

Poor Presentation

You’ve found a good spot with plenty of hungry fish, obtained the right fly, and are patient, but you still can’t get a bite. Often, fly fishing struggles occur due to the poor presentation of the fly. It’s a delicate dance to make your fly look realistic, and this skill takes a long time to master.

Avoid splashing the water with your fly, dragging it unnaturally, or making repeated drifts. It may not seem like it, but fish are smart enough to spot a fake, and if your presentation isn’t up to snuff, they’ll ignore you the whole time.

If you avoid these common mistakes fly fishermen make, we’re sure that you’ll come back with a worthy trophy or two on your future outings!

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