Orvis Fly Fishing
How Does Fly Fishing Differ From Spin Fishing?
Bait casting or bait fishing is not comparable to fly fishing or spin fishing for the very fact that live or dead bait is used to catch fish. With spin or fly fishing, you would be using an artificial lure rather than an actual piece of bait. This is why in all states a designation is made between lure/fly fishing and bait fishing.
Bait fishing is often attributed to a greater rate of fish mortality due to fish swallowing or taking the bait very deep into their mouths, leaving hooks to do more damage to the insides of a fish. Therefore, many waters do not allow bait fishing or, at the very least, bait fisherman have more regulations to contend with in order to help prevent mortality in fish. That said, for pure fish catching prowess, bait fishing is unmatched. So from here on out, we will discuss the differences between fly fishing and spin fishing as the ultimate test in fooling fish with artificial representations.
The Big Difference
What largely separates spin and fly fishing is the gear. In fly fishing, the weight of the tapered fly line and leader is what propels the weightless fly to its target. In spin fishing, the casting of a weighted hook is what propels the lure to its destination. Simply put, you can't cast a fly with a spin fishing set up, and you can't cast a lure with a fly fishing set up.
It may be arguable, but fly fishing demands the angler to have a more intimate relationship with the body of water they're on.
Why one over the other?
Realistically speaking, it comes right down to personal preference in how you choose to fish. It should be noted that all anglers can benefit from a little time spent on the other side. Spin fisherman can learn a lot by familiarizing themselves with fly fishing techniques, and likewise fly fisherman can learn a lot by knowing how to spin fish.
Have knowledge and Enjoy Both!
There is something to be said for the basic pleasure spent in a day of spin fishing. Things are much simpler; you can focus your time on having a great day with friends, enjoying the scenery, kicking back and keeping it simple with a spin rod and a few spinners. A day spent fully immersed in the water, from the bugs in the gravel to the minute habits of fish, can help any angler to appreciate the intricacies of technical fly fishing.
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