How to Fly Fish With a Regular Fishing Pole

How to Fly Fish With a Regular Fishing Pole
Challenging fishing conditions demand flexibility from an angler. If the fish aren't interested in your spinners, spoons and plugs---maybe the wicked creatures are down there laughing at your lure presentations---perhaps you need a change of tactics. Maybe they'll rise to an artificial fly, but you don't have a fly rod or the specialized line for casting these lightest of lures. No problem. With improvisation and these steps, you can rig a regular pole for fly-fishing.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Baitcasting or spinning rod and reel spooled with 10- to 12-pound line
  • Dry flies, wet flies and streamers
  • Split-shot sinker weights
Step 1
Tie a dry fly, wet fly or long-tailed streamer directly to the end of the main line.
Step 2
Peel off about 12 to 15 feet of line from the rod tip, and lay it loosely on the ground with the fly on the end.
Step 3
Add two to three split-shot sinkers about 3 feet up the line. Simply pinch to close them around the line. These add some weight to the line for casting. Fly-fishing line is specifically designed to provide the weight for casting, but because you don't have fly line or a specialty fly rod, the split-shot weight will compensate.
Step 4
Hold your rod by the handle overhead with one hand, and slowly begin whipping the extended line back and forth.
Step 5
Watch the line as it swings out in front of you. When the fly on the end of the line straightens out completely, lower the line onto the water.
Step 6
Practice. You will need to spend some time working on this different style of casting until you become proficient at getting the line to whip out straight toward your target.

Article Written By James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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