Learn the Lingo
Mend: “The word all guides yell at their clients all day,” laughs Watters. And for good reason: It’s the most important thing you can do. Mending is the process of flipping your fishing line above the fly so that the fly can drift in the water without too much drag. Master the mend and the number of fish you catch will double.
Set: Another word yelled non-stop by fly-fishing guides, says Watters. “Set” means to set your hook into the fish’s mouth; once you feel a bite, yank the tip of your rod up quickly before the fish can spit it out or swim away.
Leader: The small section of monofilament of a fluorocarbon line between the line and the fly (you’ll know it when you see it).
Tippet: The small section of line added to the end of the leader where you’ll attach your fly.
Beer: An alcoholic drink flavored with hops that turns even your worst fishing day into a good one. “The most important tool of a fly-fisherman’s arsenal,” says Watters.
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