Fishing in its’ simplest form consists of putting bait of some kind on the end of a line, dangling it in the water and hoping that a fish will find it sufficiently attractive to swallow it, along with the concealed hook. Sometimes it will but often the bait is completely ignored by the fish which simply swims away.

Over many years fly-fishing-techniques have evolved to take account of the different circumstances under which fish are caught. The most important factor and the one that defines the type of fishing in which you will be engaged is your location. Residing near the coast will inevitably lead you to sea-fishing, though whether you do it from a pier or a boat will probably be decided by your own sea-worthiness. Lying at the bottom of a boat feeling sea-sick while all those around you are catching fish does not an enjoyable day-out make. If you live further inland then reservoir or river fishing will be the sport for you.

The techniques you will use will be greatly influenced by where you are fishing. Fishing for trout on a reservoir demands different methods to fishing for barbel on a slow moving river. Each technique will call for the use of different equipment.

Although fishing is not generally considered to be a competitive sport, the whole process of fishing is a competition between you and the fish or in match fishing between you and other anglers.

And as in all competitive sports the participants endeavour to improve their technique and also to develop new ones. In this respect fishing is no different. New techniques lead to the development of new equipment.

In match-fishing where each competitor is allotted a small stretch of riverbank the angler with the best technique and, it has to be said, a slice of good fortune will come out on top. So learning the correct techniques and practising them assiduously will give the match fishing enthusiast an edge over the competition.

As we have already mentioned sea fishing and inshore fishing on rivers and lakes employ separate techniques. To succeed on the river you will need to know such things as how to use wet flies which mimic small fish or insects and also how to fish using dry-flies. Other techniques including ledgering or spinning are more complex and will be discussed elsewhere.

The range of fly-fishing-techniques used in modern fishing is vast. So vast in fact that you may feel that you will never master the intricacies of them all. However, it will not be necessary for you to know every technique, only those that you will be using. How much time you devote to perfecting these methods is a matter only you can decide but the more you practise the better you become. So take time to study the correct techniques which apply to your particular type of fishing and good luck!

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