Syllabus

What you need to know in order to be a fly fishing expert

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Hard Tackle

  • Rod anatomy/components
  • Reel anatomy/components
  • Line
  • Backing
  • Leader
  • Tippet

Casting

  • Forward cast
  • Back cast
  • Roll cast
  • Switch cast
  • Puddle cast
  • Over your other shoulder cast
  • Side-arm cast
  • “Chuck -&- duck”
  • Shooting line
  • Single haul
  • Double haul
  • Right hand vs. left hand casting and reeling/retrieving line
  • Stripping in line
  • Distance
  • Agility
  • Accuracy

Wading:

  • Waders
  • Wet wading (no waders)
  • Boots
  • Staff
  • Cleats
  • Layering underneath waders

Flies

  • Suggestive/imitative (Monet) vs. realistic (Rembrandt)
  • Wet
  • Dry
  • Streamer
  • Droppers
  • Terrestrials
  • Line to fly knots

Gear

  • Lines
  • Tippet
  • Leaders
  • Knots
  • Vest & packs
  • Lanyard
  • Hat
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Toys & gadgets

Fish

  • Freshwater
  • Saltwater
  • Warm water
  • Cold water
  • Bait fish
  • Migratory

Entomology

  • Insect orders
  • Life cycles

Water

  • Reading water
  • Free stone
  • Tail water
  • Still water – ponds & lakes
  • Limestone/Spring
  • Tidal
  • Stream etiquette

Misc..

  • Books
  • Topographical maps
  • Websites
  • Stores
  • People
  • History
  • Nets
  • Cameras
  • First aid

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