Glossary of fly fishing terms

Back and Forward Cast: A basic fly fishing cast that can be used when there is plenty of open area behind you and when you need to move your fly further out into the water.

Flies: Any commonly accepted single hook wet and dry flies, streamers and nymphs that are usually tied with feathers and yarn and without spinner, spoon, scoop, lip or any other fish lure or bait attached.

Fly Line: The fishing line you use when fly fishing. It is heavier and thicker than regular fishing line. Some lines are designed to float while others to sink.

Leader: A piece of clear monofilament line called a leader connects the fly line to the fly.br>
Reel: The item attached to your fly fishing rod that stores extra fly line.

Fly Rod: The equipment you use when fly fishing. Most fly rods are longer and more flexible than spinning rods.

Roll Cast: An advanced fly fishing cast that can be used when there isn't plenty of open area behind you.

Sinking or Wet Flies: These types of flies are made with materials that cause them to sink.

Surface or Dry Flies: These types of flies float on top of the water.