10 Tips for the Beginner Fisherman

By John Barr | RIO


1. Do not worry about making long casts. Long casts are advantageous in certain situations but if you can make quality, accurate casts of 30 feet or less you will catch a lot of fish. The shorter the cast the more accurate and effective it will be.

2. Proficiency with a couple of knots- clinch and blood- will serve you well. I use the clinch to attach flies and the blood to connect leader material.

3. Have a simple, basic selection of nymphs, dries and streamers to accommodate the different scenarios that you are most likely to encounter. You don’t need 5 BWO patterns, only one in a few sizes.