Step One?

Step One 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Fly fishing is a great sport and fantastic recreation. I’ve been lucky enough to have been an active fly fisherman for over 50 years and have enjoyed catching fish of all kinds on flies. Of course where I live now in Bozeman, Montana fly fishing for trout might just be considered the normal method of fishing while more traditional methods of spinning, bait casting and such aren’t as popular. It’s not really the case when one examines the fishing gear available in the sporting goods store. But since the movie “A River Runs Through It’’ came out, southwest Montana remains a mecca for any serious fly fishermen. But in places like Alabama and Minnesota where I fished a lot in the 1990s and until 2008, fly fishing was the exception. But in Mecca and in heathen lands, when non fly fisherman see the sport taking shape on television, in movies or in-person, they become intrigued and get that urge to learn to “fly fish”. When that urge becomes compelling and relentless, what is Step One in taking up the sport of fly fishing?  In my opinion its Learn basic fly casting!

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