Hooked On Flies is a fly fishing for beginners website is a "fly fishing 101" primer dedicated to educating not only fly fishermen but novices as well. The phrase we hear time and time again from beginner fly fishermen is how intimidating it is. We want to dispel that myth right now and introduce you to fly fishing by showing you that fly fishing does not have to be intimidating if you approach it the right way.
With this Fly Fishing for beginners site, I aim to slowly walk the beginning fly fisher (and even the novice), one step at a time, through a quick and simple fly fishing for beginners course, learning the fly fishing basics and some of the equipment so they can make an informed decision before purchasing anything. Then we'll dig in to learn how to assemble the gear, the frequently used fly fishing knots, a little about trout behavior and the difference between the trout species and we'll even review some fly fishing etiquette.
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After that, if you become a fly fishing purist like me, you may want to complete the cycle and even learn to tie your own flies. If so, we'll spend some time on fly tying in the Fly Tying 101 section. We'll start with the fly tying basics and then we'll discuss the tools and materials needed and then we'll review the more popular flies used for trout (including a hatch chart). I never had a true appreciation of fly fishing until I took a fly tying for beginners class and began tying my own flies. I hope that each person visiting this site will consider taking up fly tying themselves or they make an effort to at least try it. I've found it to be very fulfilling and relaxing and a great winter time activity. There's nothing like catching a beautiful trout on an imitation that you tied yourself. In a sense this is a simplified Fly Fishing 101 and/or a Fly Tying 101 course.
I've attempted to organize this fly fishing for beginners site so that anglers can step through each of the links on the left of the page one at a time starting at the top and working their way down. Novices and the like, can pick and choose whatever area they'd like to gain more information on. This is in no way an exhaustive resource but I've attempted to give just enough information to get people started into this wonderful sport. I'm passionate about and love everything to do with fly fishing, from the way my heartbeat goes into overdrive when I spot that lunker, watching that beautiful, streamlined trout go airborne in an all out attempt to dislodge itself from my fly, to the honor and privilege of meeting other fly fishermen, who are always willing to assist a fellow angler.
My goal is to use this fly fishing for beginners site to provide folks with a one stop site for trout fly fishing basics and fly tying information, a hatch chart for fly fishing the streams of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states, fly fishing etiquette, fly fishing knots, resources and links to sites that sell top quality flies, fly rods, fly reels, fly tying supplies and materials, clothing and other gear.