Australia is full of vistas to explore and trails to climb, not to mention the beautiful beaches surrounding the continent. Another fun activity for people to indulge in is fishing. Fishing has been a part of Australian cultures for centuries. Over the years, it has diversified into types like bait fishing, spin fishing and fly fishing. Fly fishing is a popular activity in Australia. Many tourist packages include fishing in their itinerary, and there are specialised tours just for fishing in many parts of Australia. It is a popular pastime for many and is an excellent way to spend a lazy weekend.
What Is Fly Fishing?
It is a method wherein the lure or bait is a lightweight or artificial fly. This fly is used to lure the fish onto the hook on specialised fly rods, reels and a weighted line. This type of fishing has a particular technique for casting the line. The flies are lightweight items that may resemble small fish food organisms. The casting techniques of this method vary with habitat (lakes, rivers, ponds, etc.). This fishing is suitable for both saltwater and freshwater, and the main catch includes salmon, bass, trout, steelheads, etc.
The casting technique for this method varies in one primary aspect – the line. Usual methods of fishing rely on the bait or lure to pull the line from the rod. Their weight is usually heavy enough to unfurl the line as they go. But in this method the bait is too light, the casting here involves more movement from the rod itself to cast the line and bait. This line is simpler to toss than other fishing lines. The momentum from the base reaches the top of the road and unfurls the line in waves. These waves are called loops, and when these waves are at optimal momentum, the angler can determine the direction.
Fly fishing requires specialised equipment right from rods to waders. With proper gears, it is an enjoyable activity for all ages.
Fly Rods, Fly Wheels & Fly Weight Lines
Online and offline fishing stores sell separate fishing equipment for this type of fishing. While buying the equipment, one thing to keep in mind is the weight; the angler has to make sure the fly rod, fly reel and fly weight-line are all of the same weight.
Waders & Wading Boots
These are protective equipment for the angler and will help them wade in the water to get their catch. If the pool is shallow and the weather warm, then one could do without a wader. But wading boots are essential as these give good traction when wading in the water. For fishing in cold climates, insulated waders are also available.
Flies & Their Boxes
There is a vast range of flies to choose from when it comes to this type of fishing. Each fly has its purpose, and depending on the catch one expects an angler can buy the required types of flies. These flies are small and lightweight, which makes them more prone to damage if not stored properly. A fly box is a good investment for any angler. They can buy the flies they want and keep them in these boxes that have holders to maintain the flies in top condition. These boxes also allow the angler to organise these flies to their needs.
While fishing, especially for new anglers, there are a few safety precautions one can take. Fishing in warm climates requires a hat, as it can shade the angler. Wearing a vest is also essential as it can tend to get a little messy. Waterproof covers and cases for phones and other gadgets are also necessary to prevent any accidental damage. Depending on the climate, it is also advisable to invest in waterproof sunscreen lotions.