"hello well here i am the next day after watching a river runs
through it movie. my friend and i are going to make this our
hobby. we are ready to get started the only thing is is that we
know nothing. so thank you for the site. we live in ohio are big
question is, are we wasting our time getting started now in the
season. when are the best times to fly fish in ohio and what times
of the day are good morning afternoon evening? well i hope to hear
back thank you for the info.
Welcome to a wonderful adventure! We do have help for you.
Start by reading through our Fly Fishing 101. That is a collection
of articles which answer most of the questions beginning fly fishers
have. Click on Fly Fishing Basics on our left-hand menu, then onto
Fly Fishing 101. Start at the beginning
and read them all. To be successful in fly fishing, you need to match
what the fish eat with a fly (or flies). It will help of course if you know
where the fish live!
If you decide you want to start your journey now, (fall) you do have
some fishing available. There are reservoirs, ponds and lakes which
have panfish. There are some Ohio rivers which have trout as well.
There are steelhead and salmon runs in the fall too. If you have a
local fly shop, check it out. Don't try and pretend you know
everything about fly fishing, ask the folks at the shop to help you.
They want to build their customers, they will steer you in the right
In my opinion, the most important thing you need to learn is how
to cast. If you have learned everything else about fly fishing and
can't cast, you are toast. We can help you with your casting. Go
to HOW TO CAST, read the
article. Print it out and take it outside with your rod and line and
do exactly what it says. It works.
Some people take up fly fishing as you have mentioned, to make it
your hobby. However, don't be shocked it you find it to be much
more than a hobby. Just being outside in nature and enjoying the
world around us is terrific, you may want to try and catch several
species, kinds of fish. You may want to take some trips to fish for
different fish, or in unusual conditions. Fly fishing with big rods in
saltwater is a big change from small rods for panfish. It is all fly
fishing, and all the parts can be great fun and very satisfying.
It is up to you to find your place in the fly fishing world - besides
fishing, you may decide to tie flies, or build rods, (we even have
a dear friend who braids horsehair leaders, the way it was done
a very long time ago.) Fly fishing is a very individual sport, uniquely
yours. You will make new friends and travel to new places and make
a new chapter in your life.
It's a beginning. Have fun. ~ The Ladyfisher
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