Difference Between Fly Fishing and Regular Fishing
The only time that I have very fished was on a family trip in Jamaica. There we traveled to a large isolated dam that was surrounded by the forest. I was very inexperienced so while the men of the group catch large snappers and killifish, I managed to catch a lot of bait fish that was eventually thrown out. If I was being honest, I thought there was only two types of fishing, fishing in the seawater and fishing in freshwater.
However due to a little research I believe I can tell the difference between fly fishing and regular fishing. Since fly fishing seems to be the most exciting of the two, I will begin to describe what that is. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary fly fishing is the method of fishing in which an artificial fly is cast by use of a fly rod, a reel, and a relatively heavy oiled or treated line.
The artificial fly is used to fool the fish into thinking its food. Unfortunately, there are some terms in the definition I did not know at first. An artificial fly can be dry flies, nymphs, emergers or streamers, which imitates all forms of food fish feed on, not to be confused with a lure, and a fly rod is a lightweight fishing rod specifically used in fly fishing.
Usually fishermen fly fish on moving water though some still fish in still water frequently. The desire of fly fishing is to challenge oneself. It’s more of a challenge form of fishing than spin fishing and the point is to catch as many fish as possible. It is said to be the most peaceful form of fishing and the target is usually trout, although nowadays most fly fishermen try to catch anything on a fly rod.
I believe the fishing I did in Jamaica was regular fishing, normally called spin fishing. Although, we only used fishing line, regular fishing is typically done with a spin rod, which is heavier than the rod used for fly fishing. There are different types of fishing rods. What I didn’t know however, is that one only cast once with a spin rod while with a fly rod one uses false casting.
False casting is used to change the directions and to lengthen the distance of the cast. Instead of using artificial flies that imitates fish food, regular fishing uses lures that imitate fish themselves. I assume this means that fly fishing involves fishing for smaller fish and spin fishing is for larger fish, of course this is my opinion. One fact is spin fishing is the type of fishing that is really meant to catch a lot of fish, especially if one desires to catch different types of fish. Spin fishing has been said to be much easier than fly fishing.
There are many factors that determine what style of fishing is better to use. For beginners, spin fishing is the better choice. It is the cheaper option and works better for those who live close to still waters, such as a lake. However, if one wants a challenge fly fishing is for them, although it is much more difficult to learn but is the better choice when in the mountains or near a river or stream. Either choice will lead to some great dinners.