Why the Fly?
Fly fishing is growing rapidly in popularity as
families seek healthy, relaxing, enjoyable and educational activities. In fact, it’s an education that takes a lifetime,
so the earlier it starts, the better.
First, we learn about the fish – their habits
and the environment they need for reproduction, safety, comfort and feeding.
We learn about their food
- insects, baitfish, shrimp, leeches, worms, etc.
We learn how to select
and present artificial flies that imitate these foods.
We learn how to make the flies that catch our fish,
becoming familiar with the various bird feathers, fur and synthetic materials needed. We experience the thrill of catching
a fish on a fly of our own making, maybe even an original design.
We learn how to “read
the water”, a skill that allows us to use the water’s surface characteristics to identify likely places for fish
to lie below.
Then there’s geology – a waterway reveals much about how our land, rivers, lakes and oceans were
A waterway is an ecosystem, supporting a tremendous diversity of aquatic organisms and wildlife, a pristine
and natural environment. Sometimes it’s not so pristine, the effects of human development being revealed as well.
fishing can be a solitary activity, it can be shared with family or friends, or we may need to share our fishing spot with
others. We learn social skills that facilitate this sharing and frequently find new friendships in the process. Our social
status has no meaning on the river – all are equal.
Often the young gain new
respect for the elderly while fly fishing because a well-seasoned old-timer carries much knowledge and many skills, as frequently
A young person may well choose a career through fly fishing experiences, since they reveal a very broad spectrum
of choices. It’s difficult to regard fly fishing as a frivolous activity when one realizes the potential it has to engage
a young mind.
For many of us fly fishing is an important part of our lives, a healthy and refreshing activity that helps
us maintain a good appreciation of nature and our role as humans.
I recommend it!
Fly-Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job."