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Fly fishing

Fly fishing is the supreme discipline in fishing, which is about more than just fishing. Anyone who loves the art of fishing in all its numerous facets - i.e. the nature experience, the peace and quiet and relaxation - is in good hands with fly fishing. But what exactly is fly fishing? And how does that actually work? What do I have to consider? Questions about questions that we would like to clarify below. So let's go.

You can find out about that in this post:

  • What is fly fishing?
  • Types of fly fishing
  • The art of fly fishing: that's what counts
  • VIP Bait - professional tips for fly fishing

What is fly fishing?

Anyone who has ever observed a fly fisherman or tried it out himself knows the special charm of the fishing technique. But let's start from the beginning: What does fly fishing actually mean? Fly fishing - also known as fly fishing - gets its name from the bait imitation of small insects . Since fly fishing baits are so small and light, a special casting technique is also required, as is a special line that has enough weight.

Whether salt or freshwater fish, brown trout, sea trout or rainbow trout, grayling, asp, pike or salmon - they all have a common staple food: flies. That is why pretty much every fish will bite into a skilfully guided artificial fly. The trick is to carefully sound out the situation based on the water depth, wind strength and other environmental influences, and then pull the line away at the right moment. The predatory fish pursues its chasing instinct and swims after the fly. Then it's time to hook the fish with the rod and play it with a lot of tactfulness (i.e. to tire it so that you can pull it ashore).

The special thing about fly fishing is that you are constantly fine-tuning your own technique and improving from time to time. That makes fly fishing more than just catching fish to have something on your plate at the end of the day. Rather, it is about the way of life and the passion which never let the hobby become boring.

Types of fly fishing

When it comes to fly fishing, a distinction is made between different types of bait.

  • Dry fly fishing : Dry fly fishing is probably the most classic type of fly fishing. The flies are greased so that they can swim on the surface of the water . The dry flies are not under water, which is where the name comes from.
  • Wet fly fishing : In the oldest fly fishing technique, wet fly fishing, insects are imitated that do not swim on the surface .
  • Nymph fishing : Nymph fishing is also a fishing technique in which the bait sinks into the water. The nymphs imitate larvae and are usually weighted down in order to be able to reach deeper water areas.
  • Streamer fishing : Streamer fishing differs from actual fly fishing in that it does not imitate insects, but larger prey such as a juvenile fish, head or minnow, which, however, are also made from fly tying materials.

The art of fly fishing: that's what counts

Fly fishing is an art that needs to be learned, but it is also not rocket science if you approach it with enough time, patience and joy.

The main challenge of the correct casting technique is that, in contrast to other fishing techniques, only the weight of the line is used to carry the dry or wet flies out of the water and onto land. In the following we would like to introduce you to the so-called overhead throw .

  • Step 👣: The correct hold

First you should put your thumb and index finger on the rod in order to have enough grip and strength. The cord is simply pinched with your middle finger to keep it under control. Ideally, guide the line with your left hand and keep it under tension.

  • Step 👣: The backswing

Now it's time for the litter. During the first part of the throw, the back swing, the line is pulled up . To do this, the tip of the rod is pulled in an accelerating movement with the wrist upwards, back right (on a dial 1 o'clock ), where it stops abruptly (“ Stop ”). It is important that you hold your wrist here and not bend it backwards. The tail is now above the head.

  • Step 👣: The advance

Now the rod is thrown in a straight line from above the head forwards, on a dial between 10 and 11 o'clock, , where the wrist makes another “ stop ”Fixed. Provide enough resistance so that the cord can unroll completely.

In addition to the overhead technique, there are a number of other throwing techniques , some of which have certain functional advantages, and some also have certain advantages of artistic aesthetics. In addition to the throwing technique, the right equipment and a certain knowledge of knots and insects are also necessary. All of this can be learned relatively quickly and is therefore a lot of fun even for beginners. To perfect fly fishing, however, you need decades of experience. A fly fisherman never stops learning.

VIP bait professional tips for fly fishing

Finally, we would like to give you a few tips that should make fly fishing easier for you.

The right equipment

Especially as a beginner, the right equipment for fly fishing is of crucial importance:

  • Rod : The rod is divided into different line classes. We recommend a rod with line class 6 to get you started.
  • Line : When choosing the right fly line, you can go with a line class above the recommended line class for your rod. This makes throwing a lot easier. The abbreviation WF stands for “Weight Forward” and means that the line becomes thicker towards the front. F , on the other hand, stands for “ floating ”, ie floating lines, which we also recommend.
  • Fly reel : Choose a fly reel that suits your rod, your taste and your wallet.
  • Waders : In order to be able to reach fish that are at a distance, waders can be extremely useful.

Equipped with the right equipment, you only need a little information to finally get started with fly fishing.

Little entomology

The variety of different types of insects and flies is almost endless. Exact knowledge of this is therefore associated with considerable expertise. Nevertheless, we would like to briefly familiarize you with the Basics :

  • Even if the replicas of the small animals are often very abstract and only vaguely resemble the insects to a human eye, this is completely sufficient to attract the baited fish.
  • Our tip : Simply lift a few stones in the water to be fished and examine the undersides. The insects that are here are the ones that the fish ultimately do lured here and are therefore the ideal bait.


Basically, fly fishing is possible in any body of water, whereas those with more structure (plants, stones, etc.) are more suitable, as many real insects find their home there. Fly fishing for salmon is therefore particularly popular on the stony rivers Scandinavia , Great Britain and North America.

In Germany, the Hessian Elbbach or Affoldener See , the Erft in North Rhine-Westphalia and the Leine in Lower Saxony and Thuringia are excellent for fly fishermen.

Take a free weekend and drive to one of the rivers or lakes. Enjoy the unique nature experience and you will surely discover fly fishing for yourself!

If you have any questions about fishing and bait, please feel free to contact us at any time .

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