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The Pros and Cons of Fly Fishing
May 17, 2016
For beginning fisherman, or those interested in learning more about the peaceful pass time, learning to distinguish fly and spin fishing is useful knowledge. Fly fishing has some unique requirements that you should definitely think about before hand. Here are a few pros and cons to consider before you plan your next fishing trip.
Let’s start on the positive. Fly fishing is a delicate dance above the water. You can cast these lightweight flies long distances, and land them softly atop the water far easier than you can spin fishing. That’s because the weight of the sinker spooks the fish just below — often with a splash! Fly fishing makes it possible to cast even the tiniest flies, like midgets, very far distances. Over time, as you get better at casting, you’ll learn to drop a fly above the water quietly and the result will pay off.
What’s more, the various flies you’ll want to buy are all cheaper than most lures. Most quality flies cost around $1each—you would likely spend double on mediocre lures, a lot more for quality products.
The drawbacks of fly fishing depend greatly on the setting, and your time allotment. You need a lot of room to successfully fly fish. Casting is critical and requires ample room to swing the line back and forth to generate speed for distance. You could spend most of your fishing trip cutting flies out the trees if you don’t have enough room to cast. As a result of needing more room, you’ll find it’s much harder to perfect your cast. It takes a lot of patience and practice to fly fish properly, and you need the right setting to learn effectively.
Conversely, learning to cast a spinning outfit takes an afternoon. Depending on the kind of time you have available for your trip, this is definitely something you should consider if you’re just starting out.
If you’re thinking about planning a fly fishing trip, or want to learn more about it, one of the best settings is in the Nantahala River, or Tuckasegee River in North Carolina. The beautiful country and Great Smoky Mountains are reason enough to take the trip, but these rivers also offer guided tours. There are also classes available to tech step-by-step instructions on how to tie the most effective flies!
Both fly and spin fishing have something to offer your river fishing trip. Hopefully these pros and cons will help make your choice a little easier.