By Tyler Davis.
Fly-fishing is not a sport for everyone. More often than not, it requires time, practice, skill and access. It can be particularly challenging but also quite rewarding. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your first fly-fishing experience.
1) Have an early start! A common rule of thumb for a lot of hunting or fishing is the dawn and dusk idea. Fresh water fish especially thrive on cool rushing water, not the heat of a stagnant, sun-drenched stretch of river. In other words, your best fishing will not be in the middle of the day, but early in the morning and just before dusk.
2) Bring your hammock! What a perfect opportunity to enjoy some R and R in between fishing. It’s a no brainer- you’re on the banks of a beautiful bubbling stream, surrounded by a canopy of trees and mountain laurel. It’s hard to think of a more appropriate time for a hammock siesta, especially since you were up at 5 am. Make sure to bring your rainfly, in Asheville and many areas across the southeastern US, fluctuating temperatures create a volatile weather environment, producing rain showers almost daily. Don’t get caught in a downpour!
3) Pack light. You’ll probably be walking up to 2, 4 or even 8 miles in a day to find the perfect fishing spot. You may also have to break camp at a moments notice because of the weather. Think about what you want to be carrying on your back on top of your fishing gear. My favorite it the DoubleNest and ProFly set up. Realistically this setup could allow you to camp for the afternoon/night next to any river your heart desires to fish. Right next to it!
4) Ask a local. As a novice fisherman I’ve learned you just have to get out there and do it. Ask questions, meet locals, inquire about good fishing spots, ask what they fish with, read guide books and immerse yourself in the mountain waterways. This kind of sport is such a personal learning experience. You can’t learn and excel and enjoy if you don’t put yourself out there.
So get out there folks, and fish these great rivers we have gloriously sprawled out across this great nation. Bring your rod and reel, the hammock setup of course, a turkey sandwich and you’ve set the course for a wonderful (and hopefully lucky) afternoon of fly-fishing. Happy hammocking!