Fly fishing is a form of fishing that uses an artificial fly to catch the fish. The artificial flies are made to look like food that the fish would normally eat in an attempt to lure hungry prey. Fly fishing can be done in either in salt water or in fresh water. Saltwater fish, such as tuna, cod, and marlin, are found in the sea, whereas freshwater fish, such as trout, pike, and bass, live in freshwater lakes, streams, and rivers. Most beginner fishers learn to fly fish in a lake or river rather than the sea, as the fish are smaller and fishers can perfect their technique more easily in calmer waters. Beginners need to invest in the basic but necessary equipment, such a rod, reel, line and some artificial flies when starting out the sport of fly fishing.
1. Fly Fishing Rods
Flyfishingrods are most commonly made of graphite, which is a lightweight material capable of consistently casting the fly accurately. The length of a fly fishing rod can be anywhere between seven and 12 feet. For a beginner, the recommended length is nine feet. This length is ideal when starting out, as it will cast the line well and enable the fisher to better cast it in tight areas, where there are trees overhead, for example. Rods can be purchased that separate into several pieces, which is easier for storage and for transportation. Rods that can be disassembled give the same level of performance as a one-piece rod.
The action of a rod describes where and how much the rod bends. The rod action is important as it makes a difference when casting as well as when landing fish. A fast action rod just bends at the top end of the rod. A medium action rod bends in the middle, and a slow action rod bends near the fishing reel. Fast action rods are prone to breaking when reeling in a fish, especially when used by beginners, but it is more accurate when casting long distances. Slow action rods are difficult to cast long distances but they offer great control overall. Medium action rods are recommended for the beginner fisher. They are capable of throwing long casts but are still accurate. They can also be used for either freshwater or saltwater fishing.
2. Fly Fishing Reels
A fishing reel has a ratio on it that describes the number of times a fisher needs to turn the handle on the reel to achieve one turn of the spool, which holds the line. For example, 1:1 means the fisher needs to complete one full turn of the handle for the spool to turn completely one time. A 1:1 retrieve ratio is the most popular reel with fly fishers, and it is known as a single action fly reel. A single action fly reel is recommended for beginner fishers as it is easy to use and maintain.
A multiplying fly reel has a retrieve ratio of more than 1:1. This means one turn of the handle equals multiple turns of the spool. This allows the fishing line to be reeled in much quicker. These types of fishing reels tend to break easier than a single action fly reel due to the gearing and springs that are inside the reel.
3. Leaders and Tippet
Leaders and tippets are transparent materials that attach to the end of the fishing line, and the fly is attached to the end of this material. The main difference between a leader and a tippet is that the leader is tapered. The thicker end of the leader is tied to the fishing line. Each time a new fly is tied onto the leader, the old one must be cut off. This means the tapered end of the leader becomes thicker as new flies are placed on the line. This is when the tippet is used. The tippet is then placed on the leader, as it is uniform in diameter and stops the fisher from having to replace the leader each time a new fly is used. They are both made from either a fluorocarbon material or from a nylon monofilament. The fluorocarbon material is much stronger than the nylon version and more transparent. It is, however, more expensive.
4. Fishing Flies
The fly is used to lure the fish in an attempt to catch it. Flies are attached to a hook. There are thousands of different flies available to make or buy, and beginners may wish to buy a wide variety of flies that can either be purchased individually or in sets. This will allow beginners to experiment with different flies and see which fly suits them the best. There are many different categories of flies available, including dry and wet flies and streamers.
Dryflies are made to float on the surface of the water. They are made to look like an adult fly. Dry flies are generally used in freshwater. Dry flies are hard to cast, and landing the fish is a challenge; however, many fishers enjoy using dry flies because the fish can sometimes be seen leaping out of the water to catch the fly.
Wetflies are used in freshwater fishing. They are designed to sink under the water when the line is cast. Wet flies are made to resemble larvae and nymphs under the water. This is because the larvae and nymphs are found at the bottom of the body of water and will attract bottom feeding fish, such as catfish.
Streamerflies are used to attract larger fish, such as trout. They are made to resemble smaller fish and aquatic insects, such as leeches. They are cast and land at the bottom of the water to attract salmon and trout.
A fishingnet is useful for landing the fish once they are caught. The net is attached to a long pole, and once the fish is out of the water, the fisher can then enclose the fish in the net, which makes it easier to bring the fish on land or boat. The net can also be used to keep the fish in the water when removing the fly. This means there is less stress placed on the fish and, if the fisher is planning to release the fish, it can swim away with no aftereffects.
Waders are a form of waterproof boots (or overalls) that are worn on the foot and extend to the upper chest. They were originally made from rubber but are now generally made from neoprene or a breathable material such as Gore-Tex. Wearing waders keeps the fisher both dry and warm. They also protect the fisher from wind and rain. Neoprene waders provide insulation from the cold winds but are not breathable, so they can make the body sweat more and cause the clothing under the waders to become damp. Gore-Tex waders are more expensive than waders made from neoprene, but they allow moisture to escape so clothes under the waders stay dry. However, they are not as warm as neoprene waders and extra layers may need to be worn underneath the waders to stay warm.
Polarizedsunglasses can be a real advantage when fly fishing. The sunglasses can help to reduce the amount of glare that the sun reflects on the water. This allows the fisher to see the fly easily on the water. Sunglasses can also prevent hooks from injuring the eye if the cast goes wrong.
Buying Tools and Gear for Beginner Fly Fishers on eBay
When buying fly fishing tools and accessories on eBay, it is important to select the correct type of equipment for the type of fishing. If the tools or gear are secondhand, it is necessary to find out as much information as possible about its condition and even request close up photographs of contact areas and areas of concern. eBay has a wide range of fly fishing gear available for purchase. A search for fly fishing equipment from theeBayhomepage will yield a large number of different results. It is possible to use categories and filters on the left-hand side of the page to narrow the search field to bring up the most relevant results.
Choosing a Seller
When purchasing fly fishing tools and gear on eBay, it is vital to select a reputable seller to ensure a smooth, positive transaction and experience. The seller’sfeedback score gives a reasonable indication of whether the transaction is likely to be straightforward or risky. The feedback system allows the buyer to leave feedback and ratings for a seller once the transaction is complete. Sellers who have a high portion of positive feedback are far more likely to deliver positive service than those with low feedback scores.
Fly fishing equipment can be found on eBay in a variety oflistingformats. Auction formats allow a buyer to bid on an item, raising the original price until the auction ends. Buy It Now listings allow buyers to purchase fly fishing equipment for a fixed price determined by the seller.WantItNow listings allow potential buyers to describe the specific piece of fly fishing equipment they wish to purchase, and sellers can then browse the posts and contact the buyer if they have a matching product.
eBay offers aBuyerProtection program that can protect the buyer in case of any unresolvable issues during a transaction. For example, an eBay Buyer Protection case can be opened if a buyer purchased fly fishing equipment that did not meet the item description, had undisclosed damage, or never arrived. PayPal offers a Purchase Protection program that eBay buyers have access to if they pay for the items via PayPal, although the terms and conditions differ slightly.
Beginner fly fishers need to purchase only the basic equipment in order to begin fly fishing. Most fly fishers need only one medium action rod along with a simple 1:1 reel and variety of flies, leaders, and tippets. Nets, waders, and sunglasses enhance the fisher’s comfort and convenience. Buyers should be aware of the different products available and their applications in order to make an informed decision regarding their purchase. Buying fishing rods secondhand allows beginner fishers the opportunity to try the sport without investing large amounts of money. Buyers can find used or new fly fishing equipment for reasonable prices on eBay.