Better Fly Fishing Experience
Knots are arguably the most important part of fly fishing. Distinct knots can have a dramatic effect in the presentation, and motion of the flies. I believe that learning some of the basic fly fishing knots really can allow you to get more proficient at fly fishing quite quickly. The trick is to identify the various types of knots, uses and when and where to tie them. Another part would be to practice tying them, understanding what they look like is simply not enough.
You can certainly pick balanced elements for your system since the fly tackle industry follows a common standard when labeling merchandises. For example, most stick manufacturers tag the appropriate line weight correct on their poles, so that any 8-weight rod will balance with an 8-weight fishing line. This is also true for most reels. It doesn't matter what quality rod, reel or line you buy, they will not perform properly if they aren't balanced for each other.
The best loop knot is the Surgeons loop that is easy to tie and has served me well. I tie the Morrum Directing knot, if I desire a directing knot. With your balanced fly fishing outfit in hand, there is one more thing to think about before heading off to your own favorite waters.
Practicing Your Fly Casting
It's often been said, "The worst time to practice your fly cast is when you are already on the water." The exhilaration of working on feeding fish causes it to be quite tough for most people to do our greatest casting, let alone think of practicing! So get teaching and practice before getting in the field.
Consider taking a fly fishing class or teaching accessible from almost any fly shop around. They're going to take the time to get you comfortable with casting basics and this will help you get off to a great start.
Here's a list of knots to help you visualize them:
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