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Fly Fishing Trips

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Among fishermen, fly-fishing is considered the highest art. It requires a delicate touch, and it requires patience--loads of it. Being a successful fly fisherman also takes a lot of practice; it is not an activity for the sportsman or sportswoman hoping to become an expert overnight.

In addition, getting from Anytown, USA to a beautiful river in Alaska or the northwest United States is no simple logistical task. There are a great number of things to consider. You will need to procure rods and tackle, fishing licenses, and lodging. Then, of course, there's finding the right fishing holes to fish and acquiring the local knowledge that is so important to finding and hooking the big fish.

Fly Fishing, with and without Guides

All of this can certainly be accomplished without assistance. But when it comes to people with limited vacation times, it may make sense to go with an all-inclusive fishing lodge or to hire a guide. The job of a top-notch lodge or guide is to make your experience as simple and pleasurable as possible. Ultimately, they are responsible for making sure every loose end is taken care of, so you can focus on enjoying the fishing experience itself.

Fishing lodges and guides charge a significant sum for their efforts, so it's appropriate for customers to expect the very best care. An all-inclusive lodge should provide a full day's worth of guided fishing, and will typically do so for several days or a week at a time. They should provide lunch while you're out casting away trying to catch dinner. In addition, they should also help you to choose and tie the flies you'll be using according to local insects and the time of the year.

Guides also typically arrange for transportation. They'll arrange the itinerary so that all you need to do is get out of bed early in the morning and hop into the waiting van. Guides should also have their own boats to ferry you to different parts of the lake or river. That's what you are paying for--their experience and local knowledge.

Learning to Fly Fish

Perhaps most important, guides help novice or intermediate fly fishermen improve their craft. There is a great deal that goes into successful fly-fishing. Guides teach you the right techniques for casting, including the double-haul, getting the right drift, and learning how to hit the holes the fish hide in. The most important requirement in successful casting may well be a soft touch.

If your fly comes down on the water with a loud flap, that's it. You'll scare off the fish and they won't bite. The key is casting in such a way so the fishing line falls lightly and smoothly on the water. The fly at the end of the line should fall on the water last. When that happens, it will be as soundless as if it were a real fly landing on the river.

Fly Fishing with Friends and Family

The memories of a week in the pristine wilderness of places like Utah, Wyoming, Alaska or Oregon are unforgettable. Best of all, a great fly-fishing trip is not just an opportunity to cast a line; it can also be an opportunity to enjoy nature with the ones you love. Whether it is with friends or family, fly-fishing trips are popular choices for many summer vacationers.

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