How To Fight A Fish Hooked On Fly Using Fly Fishing Tackle
Fighting fish species on fly can be tricky and quite difficult, especially for the inexperienced fly fishermen.
This page will give you the do's and don'ts of fighting fish on a fly rod as well as pictures of how to correctly land a fish. These rules apply to all South African fish species, whether it is a Bonefish or Largemouth Bass, the principles do not change.
Hooking and landing a fish on fly tackle is the second most difficult aspect of fly fishing, after learning how to cast, and listed below are guides and tips of the best ways to land fish on fly fishing equipment.
- First of all when setting the hook or striking, not a lot of force needs to be put into the rod in order to hook the fish, unlike saltwater fishing... A short and fairly gently but quick strike will set the hook.
- Once the fish has been hooked the tricky part comes into play. You have to always keep your line as tight as possible but the fish must be able to take line when it wants to. If this is not done the fish can shake the hook or your leader can break.
- The Fly rod tip must always be kept up high in order to control and fight the fish.
- Once the fish is close to the bank it is often difficult to land as it will get another sudden burst of energy and swim off again, be aware of this and follow the steps above.
- Once the fish has been tired out, guide it into a landing net and there you have it!
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