FLY FISHING: How to Get Started (casting, techniques, flies) – FLY TV
Welcome to FLY TV! – My name is Steffan Jensen.
– I am David Lundh. Today, we are doing this: Up, accelerate and forward. This spot is a bit special
as the water is running. My first fish on my own! This was my first time fly fishing.
I am sure it will not be the last. We have rigged your rod now. Are you ready to do some casting? Have you ever had a fly rod? I have never cast with a fly rod,
but it will be interesting to try. I think you will do well. We will start by giving you the rod. Some say you cannot put your finger there,
some say you should have your thumb there. Then some want you to do this
with this finger. I think you should hold it
like you hold a hand when greeting someone. Grip the rod. Is that okay for you?
Do you feel comfortable with the grip? – I feel comfortable with this grip.
– Then we will start like that. Give me the rod. You are sitting on a chair
and your phone is on the table. The phone is ringing.
How do you pick it up? I pick it up like this
and answer like this. No one is there,
so you put it back down. That is almost what you do
when fly casting. If your phone is upright,
you would take it like this. Then you lift it up to your ear. Okay, there is no one there.
You pause to see if there is anyone there. Then you put it down again.
Almost like that. You have to hold the line
between your fingers. Then I go up, back, up
and forward. Up, accelerate and forward. Try once
and I will have a look. Okay. Yeah, and forward. There is a lot of wind
coming in from many different directions. It is a bit difficult to get
the right movement on the line. But I can see your movements.
That is what I am looking at. I am not looking
that much on the line. Does you dad every get angry
and hammers the table? Sometimes. Think of him. That is your forward movement.
You put your hand in the table. Good. Back, stop, forward.
Perfect. That is because of the wind. Normally when we cast,
we do not hold the line here. We have it over here.
Pull out a little bit of line. Just hold the line in that hand.
Do not mind this hand at this moment. Just use it to keep the line. When we have come further,
we will begin using this hand too. It is just holding the line now.
Try to do the same thing as before. Good. Up. Good. Good, good. I want to show you one thing. You have been practising
for a little while now, about 15 minutes. When you get your fly out,
after making a cast,- -then we start to fish. I will show you the flies later.
But it can be a fly we have to pull back. You put the line on this finger
and then strip it in. You see the end of the fly line,
it is almost inside the rod. Just a little bit is hanging out. We need to get
all of this line out again. That is when we need to shoot the line,
when we cast it. You are fishing the line,
all the way in. Just do as you did before,
the same movements. You go up and forward,
but you let the line go a little bit. Then you go back
and out, out. Look at it. Do the same thing as before.
Go back and forward. Back and forward.
Let a little bit of line go. Grab it and go back again.
Then forward and let the line go a bit. Continue to do that
until all of the line is out. The trick is to not let the fly touch
the water or the grass behind you. It always has to be in the air.
Try it and we will see. – Did it hit the grass?
– I think so. Yeah, a little bit. What you need to do…
Can I show you? I will just pull it in a bit. You need to speed it up a bit.
You need to be a bit faster. Go up and then forward. With a very short line,
you need to have more speed. Just to make it work. Try it. Good. You will sure hit the grass
or the water, of course. It is your first time fly fishing,
you cannot know everything. I will give you five more minutes
and I will watch you. Then we should start to fish. – Sounds good?
– Perfect. Good.
It is looking good. – Thanks.
– I think we whould leave it. Let’s see if we can catch a fish.
We can practise more later. – What do you think?
– Sounds good. Let’s go and find a fly. The first thing we will do now
is to check the leader. To see if it is alright.
There may be some knots. Sometimes it is just not good enough. Let’s just check it. But it is alright. We will switch this one
to a real fly. – That is a pretty bad fly.
– You think so? It is good enough for you. Let’s have a look at
your fly box. Let’s have a look. We have seen some fish down here. We need to find a fly
that we hope they will eat. Here we go. A lot of different flies. We have some dry flies,
some nymphs and some streamers. There are some floating ones
for sinking lines. We are using a floating line. We can see that the fish
is standing quite high in the water. But they are not eating on the surface. I think we should begin with
a little streamer. I think we should try the green one.
Like this. It could also be a nymph,
a little nymph streamer thing. Let’s try it. We want to tie this fly
to our leader. When I use this kind of fly,
or a nymph,- -I always tie them
so they are hanging loose. In a loop.
A loop knot. Do you know how to tie
a loop knot? Yes, but I do not think
it is the loop knot you mean. I make a regular knot first. Just put it around like this.
That line should be on top. Then pull it up through,
to make a normal knot. I actually do not know
the English word for this knot. Just an easy one. Pinch that one and
put the fly through. The line through the hook. Like that. Take the tip and go back through
the little hole right here. Through there. Just place the knot where you want it. Just a little bit of…
Do you see that? Then I pinch it again
and then I go around five times. Like this. And back in. Into this hole. Then I wet it. Always wet your knots.
You probably know that. Then I pull it. Loose hanging.
I always want maximum movement. It should not be stuck one side. Let’s put it… I normally put my fly up here,
because our leaders are quite long. If it is down here when you start to cast,
your fly line is always inside the rod. It is not easy to get the fly out
if the fly line is inside the rod. Just pull the line down,
around the rod like that. Then you are ready to go. We are going down here,
but we have sneak carefully. They are every close. We are going to take it slow,
we will not run down. We are just going to…
We will start with some very short casts. Come on. I think we should put some line out.
We will make it all ready from up here. Get the fly out, like this.
The first cast should not be any longer. We will sneak down here.
It does not matter how stupid it looks. It is always better to be careful
when you walk down to the water. Especially when the water is this clear. Hold the rod and the fly.
Make a low profile. See if you can get down to that rock. Before we make the first cast,
we just sit for a couple of minutes. Let’s see if we can see anything. We just want to put the fly out
towards that tree over there. Just let it drift first,
do not do anything. Just straight out,
let it drift and hold it. Pull it back in
when it comes down here. No, it is a perch! Your first fish on the fly,
but not the one we were looking for. – I am the next perch…
– You sure are, man. Not the biggest one ever,
but it is still a perch. Well done! Still, a fish took the fly. Hopefully, we will get a big one. And maybe a trout or a rainbow. Let’s do something else. We will go back up. There is no fish standing here.
It is one there, but it is too far away. We go back up,
then we go around to that tree instead. We will leave them here. – You can see our shadows, right?
– Yes. You do want the shadows to go
too far out over the water. It is okay to have it in here,
but there is a fish out there. Do you see that? – Yes, I see it.
– Let’s come down here. Always hold the line around your finger. If the fish takes your fly,
you just pull the line to set the hook. Okay, let’s try again. Look at the fly. There is a fish coming.
It is coming, look at the fly. No, it turned around. There is another one.
Are you ready? It just looked at it.
Let it drift, let it drift. Try to get it a bit farther out.
A little bit farther. There. Lift, lift, lift! Good job! Finally! If it wants to run,
just let it run. Remember that the leader is very thin. If it wants to swim,
just let it swim. Just release the handle. Your first rainbow trout ever,
on a little dry fly. If it wants to swim,
just let it swim. Perfect. These fish are strong fighters.
Perfect side pressure. You turn it the other way around. I will stand over here,
try to pull it towards me. Keep it there, keep it there. Come on! Nice! Well done! – Look at that.
– That is not a perch. I cannot find the leader.
I think it is over there. – I do not need this one.
– It is already off. Lift it up. – With both hands.
– Like this? Just hold it until
it is ready to swim. – It is ready.
– Alright. – Well done!
– Thanks! – That was good fun!
– Yes, it was. When you pull this,
you tighten it up. You can see a bit of movement.
Not more than that. Try to cast over there. Try to cast it out there. Try it again. Yes!
Let go, let go, let go! That looks like a big fish.
It looks like a big fish. Watch your fingers,
watch your fingers. Let it go,
just let it go. – This one is crazy.
– It is one crazy fish. – Is it in there?
– Oh shit! It will hopefully swim around
to the other side. – Come up here.
– Okay. Pull the line over the grass.
Good. Yeah, there it is. Is this bigger or smaller
than the last one? I think it is about the same size,
but it was much stronger. In the beginning. Just a little bit further. – I got it!
– Nice. – Well done!
– Thanks! – Come down here.
– That may be bigger. It is a lot fatter.
Just put it backwards towards me. You got it. What a beautiful fish.
Really nice. Let’s put it back. Well done! You are the man now! Well… – That was a good training session.
– Yeah, it was so much fun. – You enjoyed it?
– Yeah. Tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow we need more action. I think we should wrap it up
for tonight and get ready for tomorrow. Let’s go. A very early morning. We have tried a streamer and a nymph,
but we saw some fish rising. Then we put on this tiny dry fly.
A size 16 or something. And it worked! – A beautiful fish!
– Yeah, a beautiful fish. Really beautiful. Bye bye! – Well done!
– Thanks! – It is good fun.
– Yeah. It is only about six or seven o’clock.
The sun has just come up. – We can end it here if you want to.
– No. It is time to try
the things I have learned. Steffan is over there
and I am on my own now. I left David all alone over there. I think it is time for him
to fish on his own. He has made good progress
and done so many things right. It is time for him to cast one his own
and also learn on his own. I do not want to be standing there
and telling him what to do. I want him to get
some experience on his own. You will learn way more like that,
than if I were to tell him what to do. I will let him fish on his own for a bit.
I will watch him from over here. Hopefully he will get some fish. This spot that I have brought David to
to learn fly fishing- -is called Norrbyströmmen. This spot is a bit special,
because there is running water. You can fish currents
and use dry flies that drift. Any put and take water
is a good place to start. It is a limited area and
you know there is fish in the water. It is not like starting off
in the sea with sea trouts. Or anything else that
may feel very difficult. You know there are fish here
and you know you will catch one. Sooner or later. Just start in a put and take
or in a smaller lake. Enjoy! – On a streamer this time.
– Yes, it was a really good take. Was it a hard take? It does not like the sight of me. Got it. Nice. My first fish on my own. – Look at that beautiful fish.
– That is a beautiful fish. We have almost fished for a whole day. You have tried
many different kinds of flies. Do you remember the names? –Streamers, nymphs and dry flies.
– Exactly. Maybe we should…
Take your box out. We could show the difference
between the flies we have been using. Pick up a streamer. Do you know or remember
what it can imitate or look like? I do not really remember,
but it can look like a bait fish. Exactly, some kind of bait fish. – What is special about the dry fly?
– It is floating. What could it imitate? Insects on the surface. Exactly, like a mayfly, a caddis
or a sedge. Can you find a nymph? Here. I do not think we have talked about it. The nymph fly is the “pre-dry fly”,
before it becomes an adult. It always lives in the water. That is the difference between
a dry fly and a nymph. The nymphs often crawl on the bottom,
and swim towards the surface. Before they develop
into a full size insect. One of these dry flies. That is also a pre-stage
before being fully developed. It goes from…
Not these exact flies though. The nymph stage,
then it comes up to the surface. When it is just on the surface,
it develops to a full insect. This one is just hanging on the surface,
pops out and becomes a full insect. What have you been doing with the dry fly? I let it float up to the surface
and then float with the current. Then the fish took it on the surface. And how about the streamer? Drifting with the current and
placing it beside the current. Exactly, you have been retrieving
to make it go both fast and slow. Trying different kinds of things. We have tried the nymphs,
but we did not get any reaction. You often drift them
with the current as well. Or slowly handtwist them. These are the types of flies
we have been using so far. These are three main types
of flies that we are using. You have been using a floating line
on your rod or on your reel. It is most common to use a floating line.
You can still put a weighted fly on it. You can fish a dry fly on it. – That is a good place to start.
– I have tried with a sinking line too. The leaders we have been using… All the way down from 4X,
0.17 mm, which is very thin- -and up to 0.28 mm
with the big fly. It needs a heavier leader. It is a bit bigger thicker here than… The leader on that one is a tapered leader
to help you get a better turnover. It is good to start with
a 0.20 mm for the normal streamers. And the nymphs. Maybe a bit thinner, like 0.18 mm,
for the small dry flies. The problem when they are too thin
is that they break when you hook a fish. It was pretty tricky in the beginning.
The more I practised the more I learned. This was my first time fly fishing.
I am sure it will not be the last. English subtitles: Daniella Twedmark