A Different Angle-Learning to Fly Fish

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Patti Beasley, Founder and President of Reel Women - Reel Men teaches me to fly fish

The line hits the water in a clumsy tangle. Fly fishing looks graceful, but my first try was not a picture perfect one. “Try again”, encouraged Patti Beasley Founder and President of Reel Women – Reel Men of Indianapolis fly fishing club.

My second cast was better, after all kids from four years old and up had been catching fish about every third cast. I angled the pole in the air making a “D” shape, with the straight edge of the D being the rod and the fishing line being the curved part. As it angled over my head, I cast again. Like all of the other first time fly-fishers I caught one.

Luke, a four year old, the youngest fisher that morning displays the catch he reeled in.

To my surprise this sport has no age restriction and covers a wide spectrum of people interested. For those not partial to casting, they may find their niche with the intricate fly tying. Demonstrations for fly tying are offered alongside the pond as well.  During a casting demonstration, Beasley mentioned that she combines her bird hunting hobby with fly fishing by keeping the birds feathers to make flies.

Fly fishing can be a fun alternative to regular rod and reel fishing. Beginners can get fly fishing kits starting at $39.99 at Dicks Sporting Goods to $99.99 at Gander Mountain. Like any sport an endless amount of money can be spent. Beasley suggests spending more money on the fly rod rather than the reel.

To reel in the experience first-hand join us at the DNR building for more fly fishing.

Saturday Aug., 7 from 2-3 p.m., Reel Women – Reel Men of Indianapolis with their program Anyone Can Learn to Fly Fish.

Saturday Aug. 14 from 12:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fly Casting Demonstrations with the Fly Masters of Indianapolis at the FishIN pond.

Saturday Aug. 14 from 2-4 p.m., Fly Casting Demonstrations with the Fly Masters of Indianapolis on the DNR Front Porch. 
– Krista

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One Response to “A Different Angle-Learning to Fly Fish”

  1. Patti Beasley Says:

    Thanks for having Reel Women-Reel Men at the DNR pond. It was great fun
    introducing so many people to fly fishing. The expressions and reactions of all who caught fish were priceless! Luke was darling! 🙂

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