Beginner's Guide to Fly Fishing (How to Fly fish)

what is going on guys welcome back to

another episode of seal fish bro and

today I'm teaching you how to fly-fish

everything from how to break your Pole

to how to read the water to bud and

strap up your waders and let's get into




it's time for me to address the

questions you've been asking do a video

on how to fly-fish tell us a little bit

about how you read the water how you

know when a fish is biting and even kind

of what your setup looks like so I'm

gonna go through all those things today

and hopefully you guys have a better

understanding of how to fly-fish so

let's go ahead and get started with how

I rigged up my rod so I'm gonna show you

guys just kind of my basic setup let's

just say when I go to Decker's water

depth around 6 feet okay that's probably

a little deeper than most the places but

we're just gonna start with 6 feet let's

pretend this right here is a rod and

then I'm gonna make the floating line on

here I have some green floating line

floating lines weight is matched up with

the weight of my rod and then on the end

here it's got just this little loop and

that loop is how you attach your leader

so you can buy these liter packs i buy

the REO pack I think I used 3 X liter

I'm gonna go ahead and just make the

leader kind of a light blue here so you

guys can see it but those ones are

connected with a perfection loop or a

loop knot you can look that up online to

see what it is and then you have this

leader line and it tapers so it's really

kind of thicker in the beginning and

then it slowly starts to get really thin

ok so that's how these leader lines are

made so the one I usually buy is 3 X and

it's about 9.5 feet something like that

on the end of that what I end up tying

is a tip it rings it's a small metal

ring and that metal ring ties to my

leader line and if I break off hopefully

I'm breaking off right here on that

tippet side so that way when I tie on

you know a 6 X tippet or something

smaller it breaks off I'm not worried

about you know my leader and having to

replace that every time because leaders

can get kind of expensive so anyway

that's what we've got tied right there

is the tip 'train so then I'm tying this

piece of tippet and usually that's like

6 X I want something that's fairly light

because I want to be able to you know

have a quick

connection to the fish also not have

them see that tip it so that tip it is

going to be 1 to 1.5 times the depth

okay so in this case we have 6 feet of

depth and so we're either going to make

that 6 so 6 feet or 1.5 times the depth

would be 9 feet I'm just kind of depends

as long as you are getting algae on your

fly you know you're down deep enough and

then I would even almost adjust a little

bit shorter so that you know you're

scraping bottom but you're not catching

all that algae and picking off you know

the grass off your flies every time so

we're gonna do six point nine or six to

nine feet of length there that goes

straight to your weights

I use these dark green Dinsmore weights

so you'll pinch on a couple weights


usually I'm using B or a B in faster

runs you're tying on your first fly

about 18 inches from those weights

you're going from the tippet ring to the

front of the weights and then I have 18

inches and that's where I'll tie in my

first fly a lot of times when I go to

Decker's I'm tying on as a first fly

tying on a Pat's rubber legs so that is

usually my lead fly you'll see in a lot

of my videos that a pat's is what I use

there in the front and I'm going to go

ahead and usually I'll tie on the same

tippet sometimes there's a need to go a

little bit lighter but I will tie off

the back of the hook and I'll run down

on my second fly and this is about 12 to

18 inches something like that

and my second fly is usually some sort

of bead head nymph so I've got kind of

that bead there on the top and then you

know your hook and I don't know some

some people like

you know something bright so they may go

with the red or whatnot but that's

basically my first nymph right there

it's got to have that bead head you you

want to have some weight to it there to

help get those the rest of the flies but

then from there we're gonna tie again

off the back of that hook and I'm not

changing the tippet size at this point

I may change it once but I'm not

changing the tippet size at this point

that's another 12 to 18 inches and then

on the end of that will tie on our last

nymph and that's my setup so we've got

the fly line and then we tie this little

perfection loop right here or the the

loop knot we go straight into our 3x 9.5

foot line of leader and then we tie

straight to the tippet ring there and

then we have this long section here of

tippet and that tip it runs right into

the weights ah forgot the indicator

let's go ahead and put that in there and

that distance between the tippet ring

and the weights is the six to nine feet

or the 1 to 1.5 times your depth then

from the weights to that first fly

that's your 18 inches and then once you

tie on that first fly it's about 12 to

18 to the next and another 12 to 18 to

the next and then you're done so that is

my set up now you guys know how to set

up your pole so let's go out to the

water when I fished my buddy JT I'll

tell you a little bit about how to read

the water and how you know when a fish

is taking your fly what's going on guys

we are back this is one of my favorite

spots to catch some fish on the river

here with John today and we are going to

try for some trout again

the water level is about a hundred CFS

it's been that way for the last five or

six days and looking beautiful looks

like we could potentially have a pretty

good day so we'll see what happens we're

gonna go tie up some Pat's rubber legs

and a few other small midges and see if

that'll work for the beginning of the

day and

we might be a little bit more mobile a

little later but depending on how this

spot is we'll see how long we stay here

stay tuned okay we're gonna talk about

this piece of water here tell you how to

read it for fish so right down the

center is a riffle that is exactly where

you want to be fishing to find the

active feeding fish it's a faster piece

of water flowing over small to medium

sized boulders and that is where most of

your fish are gonna be hanging out

trying to find food then you've got some

other areas of water you want to

identify the bottom right we have a flat

and you can also see another flat

located at the top left of the screen

those are both areas where fish are

gonna rest you might find some feeding

fish in there especially on the outsides

of the major riffle in the middle but

for the majority of your fishing you're

gonna want to stay inside of that riffle

boulders of a run are a great place to

target fish especially on the leading

edge of boulders along the phone lines

as well as the backside of boulders

where fish can rest as insects tumble by

phone lines are a focus point this is

where most of the insects will

congregate as they're floating down the

river and where most fish will be

hanging out let's talk a scenario here's

my indicator I'm fishing that piece of

water the water nearest me is moving

fairly quick while the water where my

indicator is is moving a bit slower this

is going to cause drag on the line so we

need to mend and one quick flick of the

wrist we have mended the line this is

pushing the line upstream and allowing

our flies to drift naturally through the

current if fish see an unnatural drift

they're not going to each presentation

this is the single most important thing

to remember in fly-fishing and it takes

quite a bit of practice but if you do it

right you might just end up thinking

that you caught a fish

alright guys John just got into a really

nice fish

you caught him on a bars of merger midge

phone back or merger take a look at his

fish here take a little gander did

barely hook but check it

nice fish John look at that beastie okay


I gotta get a picture are you not just

video oh yeah oh I did not I thought it

was another little one I caught one this

big and that one would eat that one I

should have off that thing was gnarly

at first fish



all right this last part I'm gonna tell

you about I get questions about all the

time how do you tell if a fish has taken

your nymph well you're gonna have to

watch that indicator pretty tight but I

want to show you something that happened

to me here out on the water

look at how slightly this indicator

moves just barely goes down we'll go

ahead and rewind it right there did you

see it

that's all it takes look I've got a fish

on you have got to set the hook on

everything the person who sets the hook

on every tiny little stop hitch or move

is gonna catch more fish and don't

tangle up your line and your reel like I

did there I ended up losing this fish he

got close to me and kind of snapped off

right there so bumming around that guy

here's another one so the lesson here is

if you have enough room to let your

indicator work downstream let it work if

you can mend the line and keep a good

drift going there's no reason to stop it

right away

so I have no competition here and I'm

just gonna let my indicator drift all

the way through this piece of run and

you'll see even here I let out a little

bit of line trying to let it drift even

a little further maybe touch the water

where I haven't fished yet and then

guess what boom

fish on I let it drift just a little

further and that's where we found

success so this can be a really good key

especially if you fish the same area for

longer than 5-10 minutes you can let

that indicator drift a little further

into a new spot and you'll hit the fish

now this it doesn't always work out

because sometimes you can't let it drift

that far they've got other people in the

way or the water is too quick or you

just don't have a good drift going then

I don't recommend it but if you can get

a good drift going definitely let it run

through now how many of you guys saw

that river otter right on the hook set









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