Now I will discuss fly fishing, which contains about the fly rod, the use of the fly rod, fly reel, technique, etc.
the main purpose of this article is to help beginners who just want to start learning fly fishing techniques, therefore making this article as simple as possible by setting aside information that is intermediate to advance. Information for intermediate to advance you can get as you go along when you have gone through fly fishing techniques you can get additional information that is more advanced from your seniors. This article’s intention is also for minorities who are also entitled to get information about fly fishing which is difficult to get, and also remember that fly fishing groups that are closed and difficult to find if not invited by one of the group members.
Fly Fishing Rod and Reel
tackle is used for fishing with fly fishing techniques. In fly fishing, the main tackle used consisted of a fly rod, fly fishing special reel, fly fishing special line and hook that has been tying usually called fly.
Fly rod is designed for fishing by throwing a fly by utilizing the momentum of the fly line and controlling the direction and distance. A good fly rod that will fit a particular line. Factors to consider in choosing a fly rod including:
- Budget – adjust the fly rod to your budget (although many people say prices never lie). For beginners, we recommend buying the combo rod to reduce costs.
- Warranty – usually several manufacturing fly rod provides a lifetime warranty.
- Fish Species – What type of fish will you fish? Where will you use it (in the sea, current or river)?
- Fishing Distance – What is your normal fishing range? Generally, fish can usually be lured within a distance of 20ft from where we stand. Choose a rod that can do an overhead cast comfortably up to 45ft. This will meet your general fishing needs.
- Gender – the choice of fly rod for men is different from women. Because men have the upper body stronger than women, the fly rod for men is longer than women. Rod length for men is usually 9ft while for women it is usually 8ft to 8.5ft.
- Casting Ability – in this case, distinguished between a beginner, intermediate and advanced angler. This capability will determine the selection of rod or action flexibility. Rod with medium action is usually suitable for beginner anglers, intermediate to advanced. While fast action is suitable for advanced level anglers.
- Fly Lines – the selection of fly rod must also be adjusted to the size and type of fly line that we use.
In the fishing techniques used in fly fishing reel attached to the lower end of the fly rod is used. A fly reel used to load the line and the fly line backing and is sometimes used to control the fish. If we often fish with other techniques, seeing a fly reel seems too simple. the fly reel looks a lot of holes on the side, this is useful to reduce weight and also to dry the water attached to the fly line. Fly reel normally used for freshwater but there is also made for saltwater, it is indistinguishable from the material used. The drag system used from the simple (click and pawl system) to the drag can be set. Fly reels are also made in several sizes that are adjusted to the size of the fly line and rod.
Advice on choosing a fly reel, it is better before buying a try first. As far as possible buy a fly reel together with buying a fly rod so we can know the balanced rig. Do not let the reel that we buy is too big and too heavy for our rods so that it loses balance which reduces comfort.
What should a beginner know about fly fishing
The first thing that beginners who just want to fish using fly fishing techniques always asking are the fly rod.
- Which fly rod is right for me?
- Can you use an ordinary fishing rod?
- How many WT fly rod is it the same as for PE class?
- How much is the fly rod? It must be expensive huh?
- Where in your places does anyone sell fly rods?
Like other fishing techniques, there is always a special fishing rod that is intended for the fishing technique in question. Likewise, fly fishing.
Fly fishing rods for beginners
Fly fishing rod has a length that varies according to its needs from 6feet to 15feet. 6feet fishing rod is more beneficial for use in small streams with lots of plants and trees along the river path. Longer rods (8-9feet) can be cast further and are suitable for fishing in the sea such as the breakwater, mouth of the estuary, jetty, etc. The rod above 11feet is suitable for use in fishing fly fishing (surf fly fishing) which is usually a switch rod or Spey rod, how to use it using 2 hands to cast.
Fly fishing rod prices
The price of fly fishing rod (henceforth we call fly rod) ranges from Rp. 400,000 up to Rp. 4 million. There are also many fly rods that cost in excess of 4 million to 10 million and so on, but in my personal opinion, unless you are a wealthy person, there is no need to buy such an expensive fly rod. Fly rods under 1 million are already suitable and good. Depending on your fishing needs, if you only want to fish in ponds, small rivers to find cork, fly rods for 400 thousand to 600 thousand are very adequate.
Fly rod materials such as fishing rods are generally made of fiberglass, carbon, carbon composite, boron, and bamboo.
Rod actions also vary, ranging from slow action, medium action to fast action. Slow action means the rod will bend (curved) to the butt (the base of the rod). Medium action, the rod will only bend until the midsection (middle part of the rod). While fast action, the rod will only bend in the tip.
Fly rod weight system
Fly rod uses a different system from the most common fishing rod. The fishing rod generally uses a Lbs system to measure the strength of the rod, or PE. Fly rod uses standard WT or weight line. The point is, for the cast, the fly fishing technique uses the weight of the line (fly line rope) to deliver lightweight lures which are generally made of feathers. Because the fly line is heavy, even lightweight lures can be cast as far as possible according to the ability of the fly caster (angler).
If the casting / popping technique, lure that carries the line, but in the fly fishing technique, the line that carries lure. Now this WT measurement is measured from the weight of the fly line weighed from the end of the fly line to 30ft (the total length of the fly line is generally 90-100feet). Don’t be confused about the weight of the fly line weighed 30feet from the end, you will learn about this when you start to enter the intermediate level. Lots of information about this on the internet. The core of the fly line is given a size ranging from 1WT to 15WT. 1 WT is the lightest, and 15WT is the heaviest.
the fly rod also adjusts to the fly line is in use. 4wt fly rod for example using 4wt fly line and so on. (You will learn about overlining someday). There is also a fly rod that has a mid-size, meaning that it can be used for 2 sizes of fly lines, usually marked with, for example: 3 / 4wt, 7 / 8wt etc. The fly rod can use 3wt or 4wt fly lines, and for 7/8 it means that it can use 7wt or 8wt fly lines.
So, the question is… which fly rod is suitable for me? Below here I’m giving an outline of a fly rod with a particular WT that is used for fishing certain fish and the like for your location waters (forget about trout, salmon, panfish, bass, etc.).
1WT = for small fish such as sepat, keting, bethik / bethok
2WT = for small fish such as sepat, keting, bethik / bethok
3WT = for tilapia, small vacuum, small / medium button, cork etc.
4WT = for milkfish, catfish, large buttons, pomfret, large cork etc.
5WT = for fishing on the seafront with a target fish below 3kg (freshwater is also okay, like toman, tread, Tembiring)
6WT = for fishing on the seafront with a target fish below 3kg (freshwater is also okay, like toman, tread, Tembiring)
7WT = for fishing in the sea either on the seafront, breakwater or in the middle with a target of fish up to 7kg
8WT = for fishing in the sea either on the seafront, breakwater or in the middle with fish targets up to 7kg
9WT – 10WT = for fishing in the sea either on the seafront, breakwater or in the middle with a target of fish up to 15kg
11WT-15WT = for fishing marlin, yellowfin tuna, sails, etc.
indeed the opinions of the fly anglers will differ according to their respective tastes. I personally am not fanatical about certain brands, as long as the rod is comfortable to use I am quite satisfied, and most importantly … the price is in accordance with the bag.