Fly Fishing Glossary

Carter at WaterdaleIf you are new to fly fishing, it may feel like you are learning a new language. There are many new terms to learn, and while it may seem overwhelming now, in time, it will become second nature for you to discuss whether you prefer to go barbless or not. Over the next couple of blogs, we are going to review some of the most important terms for you to know, so when you go on one of our fly fishing trips, you can feel like a pro!

Arbor: This it the center of the spool, where the line is wound.

Back Cast: See “cast.” The back cast is a method of casting in which you throw your rod and line behind you to gain momentum.

Barb: The barb is a projection facing backwards that is cut into a hook.

Barbless Hooks: Barbless hooks do not have a barb, either because they came that way or the barb was eliminated with pliers. You might choose to go barbless because it is easier to remove the hook that way, making it easier to not damage a fish you intend to release.

Cast: To cast is to ‘throw’ a rod, reel, and line. There are different types of casts for various fishing situations (see “back cast”).

Casting Arc: The casting arc is the path that the fly rod follows during a cast.

Catch and Release: This is a fishing technique designed for conservation. The idea is to catch the fish without killing it, and then releasing it back into the water afterwards as quickly as possible.

Check back next week for more fly fishing terms, and head into Kirk’s Fly Shop for fly fishing gear and lessons! Contact us today!

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