Fly-fishing was once regarded (and still is by some people) as a superior method of catching fish. The skills of fly-fishing were greatly exaggerated, causing many anglers to be dissuaded from even attempting this method of fishing. Another reason which deterred anglers from attempting flyfishing is that it is mainly used to catch trout and grayling, and the number of available waters with these species were limited. In recent years, however, there has been a great upsurge in the popularity of trout fly-fishing and hundreds of new waters have been made available for this branch of the sport. Large supply reservoirs have been stocked with trout and opened up for day ticket fishing, and numerous small lakes have been created and stocked with trout. More people than ever before now have the opportunity to fly-fish for trout.

Fly-fishing is a skilful method of catching fish and a very enjoyable one. It is no more difficult to master than any other form of angling. However.

Basically there are two main branches of fly-fishing. In one instance the artificial fly is presented to the fish in such a way as to represent an insect which forms part of the fish’s natural food. The other form of fly-fishing (sometimes referred to as lure-fishing) is to present an artificial lure to a trout as an imitation of a small fish; sometimes it is worked through the water in such a way as to trigger off the predatory instinct of the fish so that it grabs at the lure as it passes its nose.