I think it would be great to write an article with some simple tips and tricks to help you land more fish in your net. I like fishing like the big leagues because of everything that goes into it, and the challenge of landing the fish once you get him at the end of your fly fishing line. I still fish normally with spinner here and there, but once I take off fishing, I'm addicted.
Casting a fly rod.
One of, if not the trickiest part of fly fishing is casting the fly rod. There are many YouTube videos on this that I suggest checking out before heading out to the water. You can even practice casting in your street or back alley if you’d like.
There and back to front casts, side to side casts, rolling casts, flopping casts, and many more. The basics of casting are what is important when you are getting started out. I would suggest only using a 1 hook setup to avoid tangles at the start. When you cast back, you want to wait long enough for your hook to make it back all the way, before you bring your rod forward. If you don’t wait long enough, you will have a good chance of getting a tangle in your line.
As you are making the casting motion back and forth, you can slowly take line out of your reel and let the line go, so you can cast farther. Casting will take some time getting used to, but within a few trips to the water, you should be golden. I would highly suggest not going out on a windy day when you are learning. Wind makes it very difficult to cast and you will spend a lot of time undoing tangles.
Rigging up the fly rod.
Once you have all of your gear, you can then start putting together your fly rod setup. Start by putting your fly rod together, some rods come in 2-5 different pieces.
Then tie a knot with your fly line backing to the inside part of your arbor or spool on your reel. Reel in the fly line backing.
Then tie a knot from the fly line backing to the fly line, and then reel in the fly line.
Then it is time to tie your leader to the fly line.
Place the reel on the side that you want that hand to reel in it with. Most reels come made for both hands but making sure of this before buying it is ideal.
Fish your line through the rod holes and tie a fly to the end of your leader.