Monday, October 5, 2009

Fly Fishing Advantage

People often ask what are the advantages of fly fishing versus other types of fishing and I say it is a matter of personal preference. To the uninformed, fly fishing limits the species available to the fisherman, and the waters fished. Most people think fly fishing is for trout, and salmon in rivers or streams. While fly fishermen are happy to confine themselves to these waters, they are not limited to them.

Fly fishing in North America for rainbow, brown, and brook trout, gives one cause to be satisfied with the species available. Catching Coho Salmon or Steelhead is no disappointment either. Much of the fly fishing in Europe is also done for nice trout on slow moving rivers and streams.

Limiting fly fishing in this manner however can cause you to miss some great opportunities to catch many other species in many different waters. Saltwater fly fishing in quite good in warm coastal waters. Tarpon are great targets in many areas such as Mexico and Puerto Rico. Coastal areas of the U.K. and Ireland hold bass, mainly where fresh water runs into the sea.

Just about any type of fish that can be caught can be caught with a rod and reel, can be caught with a fly. The tackle may be a little sturdier and more corrosion resistant for saltwater fly fishing. Venturing from rivers and streams, fly fishing is done in lakes, farm ponds, and ocean coasts with success.

Bass, Catfish, Tarpon, Pollack, Mackerel some of the species rarely fished for with flies, but commonly caught on them. The single biggest advantage for fly fishermen in the U.S. and Canada is the exclusivity of fly fishing only sections of streams. Some of the very best sections of Gold Medal trout streams are restricted to fly fishing only, a really nice advantage to enjoy.


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