FLYFISHING

 

FLY FISHING

"In quest of trophy fish"

Fly-fishing is the oldest method of recreational angling, dating back to approximately 200 CE in Macedonia. The first references to fly-fishing in Europe are found in the accounts of English writers of the 15th and 16th centuries, with the actual practice of the sport in Europe almost certainly predating these works by at least 200 years.

 

This method of angling employs a long rod, typically 7 to 11 feet (2 to 3.5 metres) in length, constructed of carbon fibre, fibreglass, or bamboo, and a simple arbor reel holding a heavy line joined to a lighter nylon leader. The rod is used to cast artificial flies made of hair, feathers, or synthetic materials designed to imitate the natural food sources of the fish. The fly angler snaps the long rod back and forth, allowing the heavier weight of the line to propel the nearly weightless fly forward. Fly-fishing is believed by its devotees to be the most challenging and fulfilling method of sport fishing. It has inspired a considerable body of technical as well as contemplative literature, the most by far of any angling method.

 

The main difference between fly fishing and spin or bait fishing is that in fly fishing the weight of the line carries the hook through the air, whereas in spin and bait fishing the weight of the lure or sinker at the end of the monofilament or braided line gives casting distance. Artificial flies are of several types; some imitating an insect (either flying or swimming), others a bait fish or crustacean, others attractors are known to attract fish although they look like nothing in nature. Flies can be made either to float or sink, and range in size from a few millimeters to 30 cm long; most are between 1 and 5 cm. Artificial flies are made by fastening hair, fur, feathers, or other materials, both natural and synthetic, onto a hook. The first flies were tied with natural materials, but synthetic materials are now popular and prevalent. Flies are tied in sizes, colors and patterns to match local terrestrial and aquatic insects, baitfish, or other prey attractive to the target fish species.

 

Although this sport can be practiced in many places around the world, we believe nothing quite compares to the challenge found fishing in Patagonia. This is a very special place where fly fishing enthusiasts have joined us and had truly memorable experiences to take back home to relate. We are always in quest of the trophy fish, love the pursuit, the proof of capture, and the thrill of release. Join us and see for yourselves, and meanwhile, if you want any information please send an email to:

 

flyfishing@southerncrossoutfitters.com