Fly Fishing vs. Bait Casting: A Comparison of Rods, Baits, and Flies

I enjoy the outdoors. In my past, when I was outdoors, I liked to run in the open fields and feel the sun rays beaming across my face. Fishing is my hobby, and one of my favorite things to do is casting. It makes me feel good about myself when I am on the open water.

I don’t consider myself a social butterfly, but one night in January changed all that. I was hanging out with a friend I haven’t seen in ages that night. He asked me how I spend my leisure time, and I answered, “All I do is just sit home and stare at the walls.” He recommended I go outside more.

As we conversed about life, he mentioned that he had a passion for fishing. I always wanted to get into fishing, but I quickly found out that you have to keep your composer and remain calm while fishing and I was the total opposite. We continued talking with one another and stated to him that I didn’t know that there were two types of fishing. (He said) “Yes, you have fly fishing, and then you have regular Bait fishing.”

When it came to fishing, I was a serious novice. I didn’t know anything about the sport, not even any places to buy fishing bait or other fishing equipment. For instance, the rods are different; in fly fishing the rod is lightweight, and it is used to cast a line. You draw it back by heaving the lure over your head and whip it forward so that the little reel at the end of the rod dances on top of the water.

For regular fishing; you use a spin rod that is heavy to the touch and usually consists of a fluorescent monofilament line that you can cast. With this rod; you first have to put your bait on the hook at the end of the line, then you release the line by holding it with one finger and gently putting behind you and whipping it at the same time, releasing your finger to make a whipping sound.

When the bait hits the water it should start to submerge. When you get a “bite” or a pull, your rod will start to bend forward. When this motion happens, you have to be calm and not get frazzled. When the fish start biting, slowly reel your bait back until you see the fish.

When fly fishing; you use flies, they can be dry, nymphs, streamers, or you can find something that imitates all forms of what fish feed on. Regular fishing uses heavier lures like frogs, shrimp, and mainly other fish. Fly fishing usually occurs in moving water like creeks or ponds, while regular fishing is done on still water and rivers.

The intent of fly fishing is to typically fool the fish on an artificial fly that is made with animal pieces (feathers, hair, etc). The desire of most fly fishermen is to challenge themselves with a more difficult form of fishing and catch as many fish as possible during the experience. This idea of challenging yourself is a core idea of fly fishing.

On the contrary regular fishing or spin fishing is really meant to catch a great quantity of fish. It is likely a more versatile way to fish if you are going for different species aside from trout, and, it can have incredible results. Crankbaits, and other resistance lures that can only be used with spin rods. Are an edge that bait fishing has over fly fishing any day?

In summary, fly fishing and bait casting are two equally fun and interesting ways to catch a wide variety of fish.

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