Fly Fishing Terms

If you are a regular fishing enthusiast, you must have heard about various fly fishing terms and related aspects of this unique hobby. People often display their wish of getting indulged in this hobby. However, they fail to kick-start thanks to the several perception-based folklores and difficulties related to fly fishing.

Here’s a thing about fly fishing- though it is an activity in which you are chasing a fish with a fake bug, it ends you up in beautiful places that you have never seen before. And you have something to have fun with while you are at that spot. It helps you to experience solitude or a close memorable moment with a friend in the lap of nature. Fly fishing is your gate to a fun experience.

Fishing tackle with fishing flies and rods

Most of the times, the best fly fishing memories does not entail catching a fish. It includes conversations while fishing or meeting interesting people. But in the process, we tend to forget the basic fly fishing terms that are necessary to keep up with this hobby. Here is a detailed piece of information that will describe several fly fishing terms for you. So, let’s get started

1.Fly rod

This is the most important piece of equipment for casting during fly fishing. Unlike traditional fishing, in this activity, you have to cast line rather than luring it. And for that, you need a fly rod. Fly rods are specially designed to cast a fly line and are dissimilar to a fishing pole. The size normally ranges from 7ft to 9 ft. The shape and size of the rod mark the distance of casting and hence should be chosen wisely.

Fly Fishing Rod

2.Fly reel

This is a stand that holds your reel while fly casting. It is a fairly simply reel so as to not to add up weight in the overall apparatus. The fly reel has simple mechanics with an apparatus to hold large fly line diameter.

3.Fly line

Fly line is designed to make the process of lien casting a piece of cake. Normally, fly lines have a plastic coating over them that accounts for their durability. The design also has distributed weight that is unevenly distributed to make it easier to cast. 

While these gears are made to unravel the myth of fish flying being difficult, there are several other fly fishing terms that one needs to understand before taking up this hobby. 


Casting is basically the motion one makes for throwing the line. Casting is also the process of making your line fly to the farthest point in the water. There are different types and levels of casting used in fly fishing. Normally casting should take up an aerial route so that the reel should meet the water at the farthest point and not before.


Mending line is an important term next to casting. After you have done with casting your rod, you should mend or in other words correct the way your line is flying or floating in the water. Since fishes like trout and salmon are sensitive to the natural environment, mending remains an important skill to conjure.

6.Fish rising

This is a process of in which fish rise to the surface to catch the bait. The levels of excitement elevate as you come to know which fish is in the ambush and how active or large it is. The equipment pieces used for this are known as risers.

hand tied flies for fly fishing

7.Stripping the line

This is a unique process familiarized with professional fly fishers. Stripping the line usually means retrieving your line by pulling it from your fingers instead of winding it on the reel directly. If you watch fly fishing videos like this, you can get to know what it means when they call ‘strip!’. Here’s an informative video teaching you how to strip the line the right way.

8.Set the hook

when a fish has located your bait, you need to ensure that it sets in nicely inside the fish mouth. For this, you have to pull the line quickly as soon as the hook sets in. This is called setting the hook. Here, timing is the key. You don’t need to set the hook in too hard or too softly as you can face the risk of losing your reward. If you set the hook too aggressively, you can rip the hook out of fish’s mouth and your catch might get away.

9.Landing the fish

This is the moment of truth. It comes when you have successfully reeled in your fish. You may opt to keep or release the fish as soon as you catch it. But it is not advisable to release the catch until you have taken a good snap with it. That’s how you preserve the rewards of this gratifying fishing hobby.

10.Break off

If you are having an unlucky day, you might experience a Break Off. This happens when a fish escapes by breaking off the line. It might take off your hook along which is certainly heartbreaking.


Besides these important fly fishing terms, there are several others that we get to learn as we progress. Some of the popular ones are bites, strike and tight lines. Fly fishing is one activity that takes you close to nature and rewards you with best gifts.

From casting your reed to catching to fish, each step is related to natural elements that provide an immense relief and satisfaction when you come home. Fly fishing is not complex but the easiest form of fishing.

Once you start it, you get to realize its beauty and effects on your life. It is a type of fishing that certainly makes you happy.



Hi! I'm Demi and welcome to my blog. Here, I will share everything I know about enjoying and surviving the outdoors. Whether you love to go outdoors, you will find interesting and informational articles on this blog.

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