Like in any other sports, fly fishing has its own set of
terms and jargon to talk about everything related to this
While it makes communicating with other fly fishing
enthusiasts easier, it can be confusing to the average
person, much less to those who are just starting out with
To help out beginners, below are some fly fishing terms
which will let newbies get the hang of them and let them
understand what other more-experienced fly fishers are
Back-cast – is the act of casting the line by first
throwing it backwards, letting it unfurl, then casting it
Buzzer – a term that refers to flies or any other insect
that flies over the water.
Cover – the act of casting a fly to an area with a good
number of fish.
Fly – an artificial lure which attracts fish by imitating a
natural lure or by getting its attention with the lure’s
Fly Line – the line usually made of synthetic material to
which the hook is attached.
Fly Reel – the object which holds the line. It comes in
several types depending on several factors which include
the materials used and function.
Fly Rod – the rod used specifically for fly fishing. It is
usually made of bamboo, fiberglass and graphite.
Jig – a small and metal-headed artificial lure which
usually has feathers on it.
What is listed above is only the most common terms used in
fly fishing. However, they are enough to let beginners get
by in conversations about the activity.
There are others more out there that beginners can pick up
as one gains experience in this angling method.