Fly Fishing 101

In fly fishing, fish are caught by using artificial flies that are cast with a fly rod and a fly line. The fly line (today, almost always coated with plastic) is heavy enough cast in order to send the fly to the target. Artificial flies can vary dramatically in all morphological characteristics (size, weight, color, etc.).

Artificial flies are created by tying hair, fur, feathers, or other materials, both natural and synthetic, onto a hook with thread. The first flies were tied with natural materials, but synthetic materials are now extremely popular and prevalent. The flies are tied in sizes, colors and patterns to match local terrestrial and aquatic insects, baitfish, or other prey attractive to the target fish species.

Everything you wanted to know about Fly Fishing but were afraid to ask: A Complete Overview (By Carl Laski) View PDF



Entomology is the study of insects. Insects are arthropods. This means they have a jointed external skeleton of chitin (a tough semitransparent horny substance forming the basic component of the exoskeletons of arthropods). Insects are characterized by having six legs, three major body segments (head, thorax and abdomen) and a single pair of antennae on the head. They are the only arthropods to have evolved true flying abilities, although not all insects can fly.

Mentor Program

The Downey Fly Fishers is proud to offer a Mentor Program to its' members. This program is designed to provide a "coach" or "tutor" for a member of any level of expertise to enhance their knowledge and fly fishing skills.

Mentors are available to assist members with equipment and fly selection, casting, fly tying, rod building, entomology and "reading the water".

If you are interested in participating in the Mentor Program, please send an email to or contact Eric Rasmussen.