Video games are abundantly available in a variety of formats ranging from computer-based to specialized game consoles and handheld formats. From children's learning to combat and outdoor adventure, video games are popular among kids as well as adults. However, some games, such as fly fishing games, are also learning tools as players select fly patterns and must determine how to present a fly based on certain water conditions.
The name is an indication of what lies in store when playing this game. FlySim is just that, a very realistic and three-dimensional experience that puts the player on the water. Reading the water, matching the hatch, selecting flies and casting are skills presented in the game, making FlySim suitable as a learning tool. The game features nine different areas of the country and over 10 different species of fish to provide players with realistic scenarios. As of 2010, FlySim is available for PC use only.
Real World Fly Fishing
Touted as "the most lifelike fly fishing game available," Real World Fly Fishing features over 20 rivers and lakes and 400 plus individual fishing sites to provide hours of challenging scenarios. Players select flies for presentation from a well-stocked fly book with over 170 different dry and wet fly patterns. Real World Fly Fishing even allows for "virtual fly tying" that gives players the opportunity to tie their own creation for casting. Players can match the hatch as well as choose from a variety of rods with various lengths and weights, in addition to various fly lines, to customize their experience. Real World is only available for PC owners as of 2010, and the game is controlled through the keyboard with a joystick option available.
Fly Logic Fly Fishing--The Green River
The Green River in Montana is recognized by some as one of the country's best trout habitats. Building on this, Fly Logic has produced a video game centered around this legendary river. The player is guided through the entire experience of fishing the river from visiting an outfitter to approaching the water. Fly selection and presentation are up to the player and provide an opportunity for learning. Realistic casting and good graphics help immerse the player in the experience of fishing the Green River. Available for play on a PC, the game features the ability for control with a keyboard or joystick.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.