For many, the lifelong love affair with fly fishing is ignited at an early age. Summer afternoons near the creek or on the banks of a lake provide the ideal classroom for lessons taught by elders who generously pass down knowledge from one generation to the next. Years later, we find ourselves thankful for the enduring memories and opportunities to bond and spend time in the outdoors. As time goes by, an added appreciation for these gestures develops as we become more aware of the patience and understanding required to teach such lessons.
Ultimately, fly fishing serves as more than a hobby, a sport, or an escape, but as a vessel to deliver excitement, valuable experiences, laughter, frustration, and fleeting moments with loved ones—some of whom have passed on, but not before bestowing their insight and passion for fly fishing on us. For adults with children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren, the opportunity to kindle the love of fly fishing in youth presents itself. While the sacrifice of spending time tying on flies, untangling line, and monitoring safety measures may be daunting, perhaps one day the student will become the teacher, eager to continue the tradition of the fly fishing legacy.
Here are a few tips for teaching youngsters to participate in and grow to love fly fishing. Continue reading “4 Tips for Fly Fishing With Kids”
Fishing is one of the great American pastimes as a poll has revealed that as many as 33 million people aged 16 or older participate in the activity. Recreational fishing ranks even higher than playing basketball, soccer, softball or bowling, and more Americans fish than play golf and tennis combined. Apart from the satisfaction of catching your own fish, fly fishing has many health benefits, and it also has been shown to improve one’s quality of life. If you’ve never tried fly fishing before, you may want to try it out sometime to see how it can impact your entire well-being.
Trends in fly fishing
Fishing has become extremely popular in the country. Previously, the activity was associated with senior men, but a study has found that a high percentage of young female participants are taking up the sport. In the research, it was found that 43.9% of youth who are interested in fishing are female. Moreover, fly fishing has the highest rate of new participants among all the fishing categories as almost 13% of participants were new to fly fishing in 2014. It is expected that there will be more fly fishing enthusiasts in the future as fishing can positively impact one’s health in various ways.
Here are five reasons why fly fishing is good for you.
It relieves stress
A study has shown that many Americans take up fly fishing as a way to relieve stress. In the research, 38% of people who take up the pastime said they think that the soothing sound of flowing water and the pull of a fishing line is enough to drive their stress away. Being constantly stressed can lead to a host of health problems including obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Fly Fishing is Good For You”
Halloween is around the corner and it seems that everywhere you look you can’t escape the color orange. While changing leaves, pumpkin patches, and snack-sized peanut butter cups abound, for fly fisherman, the color orange presents a different appeal—one that triggers a ferocious take, the arching bend of the rod, and the screeching sound of line peeling from the reel. Everyone’s go-to fall color is universally appealing for both humans and fish alike.
As the weather cools and you hunker down in your fly tying cave before sneaking out for some pre-winter time on the water, it’s important to embrace orange and use it to your advantage. Here are four great ways to put a little more orange into your fly box. Continue reading “Fly Fishing: The Season of Orange”
Four nights and four rivers. That was the plan. My Dad and I were going to head out on our Harleys, with all our fishing gear, and take a tour of Colorado rivers. Since it was the middle of July, we knew we’d hit a little a rain, but we ended up riding through a lot more than we bargained for. The first day was going to be the longest day of riding. We left Denver at a decent time, and the plan was to try and outrun the rain, making it over Wolf Creek Pass while it was still dry.
Half the fun for the trip though, started long before we ever left. After we had decided where and when we were going, there was still the pretty big task of trying to figure out how to fit everything for a trip like that on a motorcycle. There were a few fishing things that were a must; waders, boots, 7 piece rod to fit in the saddlebags (and a Tenkara rod for good measure since they don’t take up any space), and my new Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling Pack. Of course, there were also some motorcycle things that were a must; a cover, helmet, jacket, gloves, chaps, and enough clothes that I wouldn’t be able to smell myself too much on the last day while heading down the road at 80 mph. Continue reading “Four Nights Four Rivers”
Considerations for Dog-Loving Anglers When Fly Fishing This Fall It’s tough to say whether or not dogs make good fishing … Continue reading Fly Fishing With Your Four Legged Friend
It’s often said that big fish eat big flies, and when searching for aggressive fish, we think this is true. … Continue reading Streamers 101: A Guide to Fishing Streamers This Fall
Here is our latest product review winner for the week of Nov. 29th-Dec. 5th, 2016. Congratulations to Hadley Farrell from North Carolina! She won a $25 AvidMax.com gift certificate for her product review.
Item Purchased: Fishpond Eagle’s Nest Travel Pouch
Rating: “Everything I was looking for!” 5 out of 5 stars!
Review: “I am someone who just started fishing within the last couple of years. Continue reading “Fishpond Eagle’s Nest Travel Pouch Product Review Winner!”
A great pattern from our friends at In The Riffle.
The Wired Stonefly Nymph is a heavy, life like fly fishing pattern. Continue reading “Wired Stonefly Nymph – Fly Tying Video Instructions”
The Clouser Crayfish is a small and deadly crayfish pattern developed by Bob Continue reading “Clouser Crayfish – Fly Tying Video Instructions”
A great pattern from our friends at In The Riffle.
The Breadcrust Nymph is a great little pattern developed in the 1940s by Continue reading “Breadcrust Nymph – Fly Tying Video Instructions”