The art of fly fishing has been branded all sorts of names. Some People call it the â€œzen pursuitâ€ while others refer to it as the contemplative mans creation. Whatever name it is given, fly fishing is basically a type of fishing whereby a man made lure disguised as a flying or hatching insect is used to entice the fish. Unlike other fishing techniques whereby a heavy rod and a reel are dragged through the water, this type of fishing just requires a lightweight rod that is equipped with an ultra-light line.
In this type of fishing, fish are caught using a fly rod and a fly line that is cast with artificial flies. The artificial flies that you can use are; lured insects, crustacean or bait fish or floating or sinking flies. Though in the past fly fishing was used to catch only salmon, gray ling and trout fish species, today the method has been adopted by fishermen to get other type of fish species such as pikes, bass, carp and pan fish.
Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping.
The term fishing may be applied to catching other aquatic animals such as molluscs, cephalopods, crustaceans, and echinoderms. The term is not normally applied to catching farmed fish, or to aquatic mammals, such as whales, where the term whaling is more appropriate.
According to FAO statistics, the total number of commercial fishermen and fish farmers is estimated to be 38 million. Fisheries and aquaculture provide direct and indirect employment to over 500 million people. In 2005, the worldwide per capita consumption of fish captured from wild fisheries was 14.4 kilograms, with an additional 7.4 kilograms harvested from fish farms. In addition to providing food, modern fishing is also a recreational pastime.