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Common Mistakes in Fly Fishing

By Nick Curcione


With over 40 years of presenting flies in just about every locale imaginable I could easily fill a book of chronic mistakes made by fellow fly fishers and myself. In the interest of helping us all improve our game I would like to discuss some of the common faults that frequently plague novices as well as those who have quite a bit of experience in the sport.

There are some facets of the sport we can relegate to the responsibility of others, so if mistakes are made the fault is not ours. For example, you don’t have to tie your own flies. Similarly if you don’t know the water or fishery, or need special access, there are guides available for just about every kind of outing you would like to experience. However, when it comes to the presentation and fish-fighting phase of the sport the ball is largely in our court.