A Pro Angler’s Guide to Fly Fishing
That said, the learning process can feel a little overwhelming sometimes. Fly fishing tends to be more difficult than traditional fishing, especially when you're first starting out.
To get some tips on how to get started, we reached out to pro angler and Columbia Sportswear athlete Curtis Ciszek, owner of Jet Boat Fly Guides out of Bend, Oregon. He offered tons of advice for the novice angler—read his interview below.
Q: What's the difference between fly fishing and traditional fishing?
Q: Is fly fishing harder than traditional fishing?
Q: What species are best for beginners to fly fish?
Q: How does someone get into fly fishing? What are the first steps?
Q: Can people teach themselves to fly fish?
Q: How do you decide where to fish?
Q: What gear do you need to start fly fishing?
- Rod (9’5”)
- Line (5 weight)
- Fly nippers
- Tackle box
- Measuring tool
- Fishing vest
- Waders and boots (if you’re fishing from the water)
Q: What type of clothes are best for fly fishing?
I also like having something with cooling technology like Omni-Freeze or Omni-Freeze ZERO Ice . I fish mostly on the Deschutes in the summer where it can be 105 degrees. I wear Omni-Freeze every day. I’ve worn normal sun shirts before and it sucks. You're sweating and the shirt is sticking to your back and it's all gross. But if you have something with cooling material you’re so much more comfortable—and if you're more comfortable, you're going to have a better time.