How To Hold a Fly Fishing Rod

Fly fishing is extremely popular these days and if you are one of those who want to start learning how to fly fish, learning how to hold the rod properly is one of the first steps that you need to learn. A firm grip on your fishing rod increases your chances of reeling in that huge catch. The simple steps listed below will be a great help to you in your first lesson in fly fishing.

Know the parts of your fishing rod first

The very first step for you to know is to know the parts of your fishing rod. The most important equipment for you is the fly rod, with the reel second in importance. Most accomplished fly fishermen just reel it in by hand and rarely use the actual reel for pulling the catch towards them.

Selecting the correct rod for you

The general rule is the longer the rod, the more support is needed to control it. The length of your rod is also dependent on your height and weight; because this essentially dictates the amount of support you can physically give your rod. Normally, the fly fishing rods are around 6 to 10 feet in length. You can have your rods customized, too, but for beginners, it might be a good idea to borrow from someone who is roughly the same height and weight as you.

Selecting your casting technique

How you hold your rod is dependent on the casting technique that you want to use. For example, if you want to use the forward cast, you must be ready to put all force onto your forearm, which will do most of the work. You should also swing back your rod behind over your shoulders then whip it forward again. For other casting techniques, there is a certain amount of swing and different types of grips on your fly fishing rod. As with most skills, casting involves a lot of practice so make sure you grip your rod tightly and practice hard.

Relaxing your muscles every now and then

If you notice professional fishermen, they relax and wiggle their fingers every once in a while to loosen it up. You should do this, too, to avoid straining your muscles. Grip your rod with your fingers and not with your palm, as this provides a stronger grip.

Keeping the line up when fishing

One of the most important things to remember is to keep your fishing line up. You can do this by having your index finger of your casting arm pull up the line while your other hand reels it in. Remember this technique especially when you find yourself struggling with a huge catch. There is a certain amount of struggle expected from huge fish and you must be on stable footing and must have full control of your rod when this happens.

Now that you know how to properly hold your fly fishing equipment, all you need to do is find a good spot, a friend to accompany you fishing and some good white wine to go with your catch later during the day. Good luck and have lots of fun!

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