Fly Fishing: The Basics

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you enjoy spending time outdoors, especially in a beautiful wilderness setting? If you do, then Maine should be the next place you choose for a vacation. Vacationing in Maine is relaxing, rejuvenating, and peaceful, as you’ll have plenty of time to get back to nature. When you want a break from hiking in the woods, consider taking up fly fishing in Lake Parlin. Fly fishing can take some time to master, but chances are you’ll be hooked from the moment you cast your first line. Keep reading to learn about the basics of fly fishing.


The basic goal of fly fishing is similar to the basic goals of other types of fishing: to use bait or a lure to get the fish to bite on your line. Fly fishing typically uses an artificial insect that mimics a fish’s normal food as a lure to attract the fish and get it to bite. While outsmarting a fish might sound fairly simple, anyone who has ever fished before can tell you that it can be more difficult than it looks. To create these artificial lures that look like insects, different materials such as features, hairs, beads, and wires are used. The trick is getting the fish to choose your lure out of all the other possible food sources in the area.


If you have ever watched someone fly fishing as opposed to traditional fishing, you probably noticed that there’s a difference in the way that the line is cast out into the water. Traditional casting and fly casting use different equipment to get the lure into the water. In traditional casting, the lure is the heaviest part, and therefore flies through the air faster, taking the line behind it. However, in fly fishing, the lure is very light and the fly line is the heaviest part. The fly line takes the momentum of the cast and brings the leader and fly (or lure) along with it through the air.

Now that you know a little more about the basics of fly fishing, try your hand at it while staying at Lake Parlin Lodge & Cabins. We have many years of experience in the hospitality industry to make your Maine vacation everything you want it to be. Contact us at (207) 668-9060 to book your lodging now.

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