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Step 1 – Entomology – a few hints to start with

Many people coming to Italy have never heard about the various chances offered by this area as far as (fly)fishing is concerned. That’s why none of them have their flyfishing gears and outfits in their suitcases. That’s normal, of course, but after reading the following, they have no excuses! :-P .

 

It goes without saying that having one’s own outfit for a few days fishing in Tuscia is not compulsory (unless you are among those who fish only with their own rods and flies…). You can find all the necessary (from rod and reel to flies) here, upon advanced request.

However, not all tourists are (fly)fishing addicts. For them, fishing is not part of their holidays and are content with our plentiful nature, art, history and the like.
But I am a flyangler. I have been since the middle of ’70s and cannot image a holiday without at least two or three days on the river or lake banks. I know that Tuscia offers so many opportunities for this hobby and I cannot help trying to convince people to experience the same feeling during their staying here.
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Never fished before and want to learn how to cast a fly at reasonable distance? It can be done in a few hours.
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Never heard about flyfishing and want to learn more? It can be done. Now. Go on reading and you’ll get to the point.
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Flyfishing is known as an art – and in part this is true – because so complex and somehow difficult to learn. But I don’t want to scare you. It’s simpler than you imagine. Let’s start from the beginning and you will discover that what we knot at the end of the leader (a sort of whip made of different pieces of nylon, each with different diameter) is – or pretends to be – the imitation of one of the thousands of different insects living in the water or falling onto it in specific circumstances.
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To make things simple, we can divide this huge amount of insects into 5 different “classes”:
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- Ephemera – or mayflies (present on the wings only for a short period of time, from which the latin name)
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- Trichoptera – or sedges (or caddis flies) (with wings covered with hairs)
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- Plechoptera – or stoneflies (with veined wings)
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- Diptera – also including midges, very popular mainly in not so pure waters.
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- Terrestrials – including any insect living outside the water and which can potentially and accidentally fall into the water (spiders, crickets, ants, wasps… ).
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Except terrestrials, all the others are born and spend their lives under the water surface and undergo many modifications (from egg to adult) before emerging to the surface to fly away, mate and lay their eggs to start a new life cycle.
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Fly anglers are used to imitate the underwater status of these insects in what we call “wet fly fishing” and/or “nymph fishing” and the adult status (there are two – as we’ll see later) is the most common technique: “dry fly fishing“.
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