The art of fly fishing can be broken down into three components. 1. Casting - Learning to cast - Presenting the fly 2. Understanding Fly Tackle & Equipment - Fly equipment (rods, reels, line, etc.) - Tying appropriate knots 3. Fishing Strategies & Techniques - Identifying the use of appropriate flies - Stream craft - reading the waterways
Casting New fly fishers are encouraged to first learn the art of casting, membership gives you access to our casting pool situated in Fairlea Road in Yarra Bend Park Fairfield. We provide free expert fly casting tuition to new members and have equipment available for use at the casting pool. In a couple of hours and with a little practice we’ll have you casting confidently. Fly Equipment and Other Resources Often new fly fishers are unsure of the type of fly equipment to purchase. The club can provide a list of appropriate tackle and has a number of supporters who can provide expert advice and financial incentives to our members. 1. The club often has fly tackle sponsors who present the latest equipment and ideas to members at meetings. 2. The club has an extensive library of books and DVD’s, these are an excellent resource to build knowledge and learn new skills. 3. The club has regular fly tying nights with instructors to guide you through the art of fly tying. These are an excellent way to build your fly tying skill base, and fill your fly box with flies relevant to the local waters.
Fishing trips and club meetings The best way to learn stream craft and fishing strategies is through actually fishing. Red Tag hosts a number of fly fishing trips throughout the year. Experienced members of the club are always on hand to pass on knowledge of stream-craft and spend time with you on the water. Some members also plan adhoc trips from time to time, this is an additional opportunity to get on the water and learn the art of fly fishing. Our regular club meetings provide the opportunity to discuss fishing reports and latest tactics of catching fish with a fly.
Red Tag Development Program for New Fly Fishers (scheduled July each year) Each year the club has increases membership from new fly fishers. To assist these new fly fishers the club has introduced a DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM specifically designed for new fly fishers. The program will fast track those wanting to learn fly fishing, the program covers the following: 1. Casting - on a one to one basis 2. Fishing for trout - firstly at a trout farm and then on a stream or river - one on one basis 3. Fly tying lessons and learn something about entomology 4. Lake fishing - one on one basis 5. Learning about trout behaviour by reading key books, searching the internet, accessing guided trips and attending club trips 6. Evaluation of progress by both Club and new member