November 26, 2022

Fly Fishing Terms

Like in any other sports, fly fishing has its own set of terms and jargon to talk about everything related to this activity. While it makes communicating

Like in any other sports, fly fishing has its own set of terms and jargon to talk about everything related to this activity.

While it makes communicating with other fly fishing enthusiasts easier, it can be confusing to the average person, much less to those who are just starting out with fly fishing.

To help out beginners, below are some fly fishing terms which will let newbies get the hang of them and let them understand what other more-experienced fly fishers are talking about.

Back-cast – is the act of casting the line by first throwing it backwards, letting it unfurl, then casting it forward.

Buzzer – a term that refers to flies or any other insect that flies over the water.

Cover – the act of casting a fly to an area with a good number of fish.

Fly – an artificial lure which attracts fish by imitating a natural lure or by getting its attention with the lures bright colors.

Fly Line – the line usually made of synthetic material to which the hook is attached.

Fly Reel – the object which holds the line. It comes in several types depending on several factors which include the materials used and function.

Fly Rod – the rod used specifically for fly fishing. It is usually made of bamboo, fiberglass and graphite.

Jig – a small and metal-headed artificial lure which usually has feathers on it.

What is listed above is only the most common terms used in fly fishing. However, they are enough to let beginners get by in conversations about the activity.

There are others more out there that beginners can pick up as one gains experience in this angling method.