As much as fly fishing has become a common sport these days, for some people it's a necessity. They make a living through fly fishing, which is why the need to hone fishing skills is extremely important. Now, I'm willing to say that fly fishing is a profession that requires a lot of practice. In spite of the immense amount of books and video guides on this sport, there's nothing that beats a lot of practice and experience.
Anyways, take a look at these general tips as they might come in handy any time.
Tools of the Trade:
This is where your equipment comes in for fly fishing. As an avid fisher, are you using the right fly rod? Do you have the appropriate set of fly reels for a particular fish type? That being said, tools have an important share in determining your level of success. Learn to master your tools and you will learn to master all.
Fly Rods and Fly Reels:
The above point highlighted the importance of tools in general. However, a specific statement would suggest that you're required to buy the right type of fly rod or fly reel for a specific kind of game fishing. Let's say, you're headed out for some of the biggest fish or one of those monstrous marlin fish, taking out a small rod and an average reel for mini mackers will not do the trick. You'll need a double handed rod and a strong reel to successfully satiate your intentions.
As said before, nothing beats those absolute sessions of long hour practice. A good fly rod or a good fly reel does matter but it will not be effective as long as you're not devoting yourself to fly fishing through genuine and viguous practicing.
The fish industry is full of different bait types. Each bait determinates and suits a specific class of fishies, so you're always required to switch your baits. There are various types of artificial flies, that go along well with river, lake and ravine style fishing.
Intense Fishing Scenarios:
First time fly fishers always tend to get a little hesitant as soon as a fish has lunged on. If you're lucky enough to lure a fish in, do not panic or submit to its consistent thrashing. C'mon, it's a living thing and it hates the idea of being caught. As per the law of nature, the fish will resist as much as it can. Your job is to stand the ground and lift the rod or drop it in accordance with your fishing style.
Above all, always bear in mind that the actual fishing scenario will definitely tout out new experiences for you. I fully encourage you to read good books and instructional guides for this sport, but accurate casting and angling techniques only kick in if you have a good partner to teach you, or if you've been trying to learn the skill on your own.