Without the right gear, a fly-fishing trip would just be a trip to the river. It’s the tools and gear that make the sport. Whether you’re an expert or just a beginner, there are a few things every fly fisherman needs before heading out on an excursion.
Perhaps the most important tool needed to fly fish is a fly fishing rod and reel. These poles are designed a bit differently than traditional fishing poles. Fly rods are specifically designed to give the fisherman more momentum when casting. The flexibility of the rod allows for large fish to be caught and reeled in easily. Without a specially built fly-fishing pole, it may be harder to catch the fish you want or improve your form and skills.
On top of your rod and reel, make sure that you’re properly outfitted for your fly fishing trip. Because fly-fishing requires you to get close to or even in the water, you’ll want to bring waders or wading boots along. A rain jacket or warm clothing may also be needed, depending on the weather. Without the proper attire, you’ll find it much more difficult to enjoy the experience.
Fly-fishing utilizes “flies” instead of bait. These pre-made, insect-looking hooks are key to luring in fish. Make sure you have a wide variety of flies, sufficient to suit the day’s needs. Because different types of fish will be drawn to different types of flies, it’s important that you have multiple styles available. It could be all the difference between catching a whopper and going home empty-handed.
You’ll also want to have a few tools available while embarking on your fly fishing trip, just in case. Nippers, forceps, extra line, hooks, and sinkers should all be stowed in your tackle box for easy access. While you may not need to use them every time you fish, it’s a good idea to have them around. Better to be safe than sorry!
Now that you’re packed, equipped, and ready to go, it’s time to hit Orr-Pelican Lake. This beautiful Minnesota lake is a favorite for fly-fishermen. It’s one of the largest lakes in the region filled with bass, walleye, and crappie. With activities like hiking, hunting, and golfing close by, avid fisherman can hit the lake and later enjoy many of the other things Pelican Lake has to offer!
Plan your next trip by visiting www.orrpelicanlake.com.