Posted: October 4, 2022Category:

How to Fly Fish for Beginners?

Fly fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors. At Queenstown Fishing, we love to go out on the water every day. To us, it’s more than just a hobby; it’s a passion, a way of life. You may see experienced anglers casting fly lines and wonder if this style of fishing is suitable for everyone. Yes, it is, and we will be happy to show you that fly fishing is for beginners as much as it is for seasoned pros.

This article discusses a few things to know before you begin your fly fishing adventures, and how Queenstown Fishing can help you make the most of every cast.

The Basics

Fly fishing technique is essential, and so is your gear. Even if you’re just starting out, you’ll want to do some research to determine what works best for the fish you’re trying to catch. Of course, you need a fly rod, a reel, fishing line, weights, and bait. Unlike spin fishing (the typical sort of fishing most people picture), fly fishing techniques are more difficult to master but also more rewarding.

In fly fishing, you’re casting a very lightweight bait, intending to leave the “fly” lure on or just below the surface to appeal to fish that prey on insects. Casting is more difficult because there’s less weight on the line. For tighter situations, you can try roll casting, and with more space, you can also try basic casting techniques.

The Right Time

While we feel that any time is the right time for fishing, you will have the most luck early in the day. Dawn is the perfect time to fish. Many anglers get up early to get casting by sunrise. If you can’t get out by sunrise, or your trip lasts all day long, dusk is the second-best time to catch fish, but with skill and a little luck, you’ll be able to catch fish any time of day.

The Right Place

When you go fishing, location is just as important as the perfect time to fish. You won’t catch many fish if they aren’t there to catch! Brown trout prefer the areas near the shores and rivers, while rainbow trout like the deeper waters. Salmon also prefer deeper waters further out on the lake, so head out on the boat and get casting!

What to Bring

Be sure to pack the right gear when you go out fly fishing. For fly fishing for beginners, we recommend you bring your fishing gear, sunblock, hat, sunglasses, and seasonal attire. Consider snacks and refreshments, first aid kits, bug spray, and anything else you consider essential to a boat trip.

The Best Time to Get Started is Now

Queenstown Fishing is ready to help you learn the joys of fly fishing. For fly fishing for beginners, we offer charters designed to teach you the ins and outs of fishing on the lakes and rivers in various packages. Spend a day on the water, learning from anglers with decades of experience, and we’ll provide you with the best fishing location, gear, training, and refreshments, all while answering your questions and sharing a few laughs. If you’re ready to learn the basics of fly fishing, or want to learn more advanced techniques, book a charter with us today!