Artistry and athleticism, tranquility and excitement – fly fishing has it all.
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Upcoming fly fishing events
Sept. 9: Miami Valley Fly Fishers outdoor meeting at the Dayton FOP Shelter/Casting Pond, 4275 Powell Road. Food, casting competition and catch-and-release fishing as well
Oct. 4-5: Midwest Outdoor Experience, Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road. Veteran anglers and beginners can test their skills and refine their technique in the casting pond Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m. and Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Talk the talk – Some Fly Fishing Basics
(From Orvis. For their complete Fly Fishing Glossary of Terms visit www.orvis.com)
Fly Casting - standard method of presenting a fly to a target using a fly rod and fly line; involves many different casts – back cast, forward cast, false cast, roll cast, “S” cast, and shooting line.
Fly Line - key ingredient to fly fishing; made of a tapered plastic coating over a braided Dacron or nylon core; available in several tapers and in floating, sinking, and sink-tip styles.
Fly Reel - fishing reel used in fly fishing to hold the fly line. There are three basic types: single action, multiplier, and automatic. 1.) Single action is the most common and the most popular. Single action means that one turn of the handle equals one turn of the spool. 2.) Multiplying reels use a gear system to increase this ratio, usually, 2-to-1. With a 2-to-1 ratio, each turn of the handle equals two revolutions of the spool. 3.) Automatic fly reels are the least practical for most people; they operate by a manually wound spring which is activated by a lever; automatic reels are heavy and tend to malfunction.
Fly Rod - a type of fishing rod especially designed to cast a fly line. Fly rods differ from other types of rods in that the reel attaches at the butt of the rod with the rod handle always above the reel; fly rods usually have more line guides than other types of rods of the same length. Fly rod lengths vary, with common lengths being between 7 and 9 feet. Materials used in fly rod construction are bamboo, fiberglass and graphite.