If you wish to be one among the anglers, you have to be able to do as the experts do. And the most basic skill you’ll have to master off the bat is how to cast. The way you cast will set you apart, so here are the skills you’ll have to master in order to get from beginner to true angler.
The butt is the lowest section of the fly rod—the one you hold on to. The guides of the fly rod are known as guides, and the ones that are in the very bottom are known as stripping guides. Fly rods will generally have one or two stripping rods depending on its weight. Every single guide on your fly rod is also known as a snake guide except for the topmost one, which is called the tip top. The reel is supposed to hang under the rod, and the real seat is where the reel fits on the road. There is an opening on the real seat where one of the feet on the reel slides. The reel is held onto the rod butt by a piece of metal that slides over the other reel foot. If it comes from the top of the reel seat, it’s known as down-locking. The opposite is known as up-locking, and it happens when the piece of metal come up from the base of the reel seat The metal ring used to secure the pieces is known as the locking reel.
Now that you know reel parts, you need to learn as much as you can about it. You’ll need to learn how to take it apart and put every single piece back together. You’ll need to master how to change your spools or cassettes until it becomes comfortable for you to do. Any spools you may have should be marked for each line. Learn about drag adjustment and figure out where it is and how it can be used to your benefit.
Most anglers prefer to use their left hand in the project, unless of course, you’re left-handed and would have to use your right hand. Casting won’t require handedness, but once you get to the stage of trying to land a fish, you might want to use your stronger and more dominant hand for the ultimate control.
The goal is to learn how to assemble a fly rod so it won’t blow up on you. Fly rods will have at least two pieces, and if you have a rod that has more, you’ll just have to repeat each step for every piece. You need to start at the tip section, and as you connect them to the butt section, you’ll have to do it mismatched by a one-quarter turn. As you twist the two pieces together, you’ll feel them tighten snugly without being forced. Once the guides are lined up, this means that you’ve connected your fly rod properly.
Once you’ve assembled your fly rod, you’ll want to begin stringing by pulling off some line. Fold the line and run it through every guide on the rod, while the reel is upright.
You’ll want to learn how to tie as many knots as possible, but a couple of basic knots should be enough to get your started. We recommend learning how to expertly do a surgeons knot, a clinch knot, and an improved clinch knot should be enough to get you started, but you should take any opportunity you may get to learn a knot.
Skip the bright colors and the hats. Fish have great eyesight and can see better in the water than people could. Try to blend with your surroundings by keeping the colors muted. You’ll want to dress in something light and airy, and while vests may not be necessary, you’re going to want to wear something that has a lot of pockets.
Having a system makes everything easier. You wouldn’t want to fumble around looking for your things. You’ll wan to do it the way experts do, and experts know where everything is they need at all times.