Learning to Cast
The Flies of Fly Fishing
An Introductory Guide
Welcome to Fly Fishing
by Lefty Kreh
Fly fishing is more than just catching fish with feathered lures. Discover fly fishing and you discover the sport of a lifetime.
Fly fishing attracts people from all walks of life. While some people believe fly casting is a difficult art, I have maintained for years that it is much more difficult to become accomplished with spinning tackle.
The rewards of fly fishing are boundless. There is a beauty and a pleasure in just casting a fly, in watching the line's sinuous movement as it unrolls in the air, almost defying gravity.
You can pursue everything from bluegills to blue marlin using a fly, and every type of fly fishing offers a new challenge, a new riddle to be solved. There are no limits in fly fishing - only boundaries waiting to be crossed.
Fly fishing is a gentle art practiced most often in beautiful locations - high mountain lakes, rustling streams, roaring rivers, the wide open salt flats - places where land and water meet in a forever changing landscape.
Today, fly fishing offers one great opportunity for the angler. It's called catch-and-release fishing, where the fish are released unharmed. It is a way of not only protecting the resource, but of showing respect for the fish. Quality fishing for everyone depends on more anglers practicing catch and-release fishing.
Fly fishing is a gentle and noble art refined through time and practice. I know of no other sport that offers so much to so many people. As I said before, discover fly fishing and you discover the sport of a lifetime.
Line drawings by Dave Whitlock.
Reprinted from L.L. Bean Fly Fishing for Bass Handbook. ©1988
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