Fly fishing is unquestionably one of the most popular angling methods employed by seasoned anglers and fishing enthusiasts. While fly fishing is in essence a casting technique, it is very different from other forms of casting. Fly fishing employs a light-weight lure—known as a fly—and fishing line that is cast using a specialized fly rod and reel.
Fly fishing is best known for catching trout but is also a popular method of catching bass, salmon, redfish, tarpon and other freshwater and saltwater game fish species. Techniques for fly fishing vary with habitat (rivers, ponds, lakes, bays, estuaries, and ocean) and target fish, as do specialized fly fishing baits and rigs.
Fly fishing is an effective fishing technique, but choice of bait and rig setup also impact catch rate and overall fishing success. Casting a fly using a fly rod gets the bait in front of the fish, but the bait choice and presentation get the fish to bite. The are several specialized fly fishing rigs used in combination with specific fly fishing techniques to target specific fish species.
Below are the top fly fishing rigs we recommend along with the fly fishing techniques used to target popular game fish species.