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ABOARD  look up translate image
On a boat.
ACTION  look up translate image
(1) The act of dragging a fly across the current and giving it an unnatural drift. (2) When fish are biting - Getting a nibble (3) An elusive, but important characteristic of fly rods. Rods are said to have fast or slow action. Fast action rods are generally stiffer overall, but bend more at the tip, generating higher line speeds longer casts, especially into the wind. Slow action rods, appear to flex their entire length, giving the sense of a more compliant feel.
ADAM'S SPECIAL  look up translate image
A general, widely used dry fly pattern to imitate an adult mayfly. The Adams is a great multipurpose dry fly and it is commonly used as a searching fly. By simply changing its size, the Adams can imitate a variety of mayfly duns. Although it is very rare, occasionally trout will sip adult midges floating on the surface. A small adams effectively imitates adult midges.
ADIPOSE FIN  look up translate image
A small fin between the dorsal and tail fin.
ADULT  look up translate image
The final phase of an insect's life cycle, most often occurring above water for aquatic insects.
AFFLUENT (STREAM)  look up translate image
A stream or river that flows into a larger one; a Tributary.
ALBRIGHT KNOT  look up translate image
A common knot used for tying the backing to fly line. Learn How To Tie an Albright knot
ALEVIN  look up translate image
A newly hatched salmon or trout
ALGAE  look up translate image
Simple plant organisms.
ALPHABET LURES  look up translate image
Wide-body crankbaits that were originally fashioned from wood. Modern examples include Bomber Model A and the Cotton Cordell Big

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  • ANADROMOUS  look up translate image
    Fish that hatch rear in fresh water, migrate to the ocean (salt water) to grow and mature, and migrate back to fresh water to spawn and reproduce.
    ANAL FIN  look up translate image
    Fin located on the bottom and near the back of the fish.
    ANCHOR  look up translate image
    A heavy metal object that keeps boats from drifting.
    ANCHOR BUOY  look up translate image
    Usually a red plastic ball of at least 24 inches in diameter, with a large ring attached. Hook the ring on the anchor rope and heave the buoy overboard. Drive the boat upwind or upcurrent. Presto! The anchor is pulled up quickly to the buoy using horsepower instead of human power.

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  • ANGLING  look up translate image
    Usually refers to the recreational catching of fish by means of hook and line; sport fishing; game fishing
    ANTI-REVERSE  look up translate image
    System that prevents reels (typically bait casters) from spinning in reverse and causing tangles. Anti-reverse-mode reels utilize a slip clutch that allows the handle to remain stationary while the fish takes line. Their two biggest advantages are bloodless knuckles and fewer broken tippets.

    This all means, when you stop reeling, the reel handle should not be able to move backwards at all.

    Some reels do not have the instant anti reverse feature & there is plenty of "play" in the reel handle....(more)

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  • ANTRON  look up translate image
    A synthetic yarn material made of long sparkly fibers used for many aspects of fly tying including wrapped bodies, spent wings, and trailing shucks. Is also used for dubbing material.
    ARBOR  look up translate image
    The center part of a fly reel where line and backing (first) is wound. The size of the spool of a fly reel. "Large arbor" reels have large-diameter spools, which helps prevent a fly line from curling.

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  • ARBOR KNOT  look up translate image
    A knot used for tying backing to the arbor of the fly reel.
    AROMA  look up translate image
    - A very special smell that is easy to notice.
    ARTIFICIAL BAIT  look up translate image

    See also: bait
    ARTIFICIAL LURE  look up translate image
    - A man-made bait used to fool fish. Any manmade lure (including flies) that imitates natural bait. Artificial lures may have a scent infused or applied. Artificial lures do not include fish eggs, any natural or artificial food such as corn and marshmallows, any products that are derivatives of natural foods, any chemically treated or processed natural bait such as salted minnows, nor any artificial dough, paste or edible baits.
    ARTIFICIAL REEF  look up translate image
    Any material sunk offshore for the express purpose of attracting fish. Old boats, concrete culverts, metal pipe, the list is endless. Most states now require a permit before dumping because non-practical material was being used, objects that rusted quickly, polluted or were a hazard to shrimpnets.
    ATTRACTOR  look up translate image
    Attractor patterns - A style or variety of bright, bold flies that is effective in eliciting strikes, but has few apparent characteristics of a natural food item. Often an attractor is flashy and bigger than life. Attractor patterns often provoke a fish's tendency to strike.
    BACK CAST  look up translate image
    The casting of line in a direction opposite to the direction the fly is intended to go. The backward counterpart of the forward cast which acts to create a bending action on the fly rod, setting up the conditions to generate the forward cast and present the fly.
    BACK LEADS  look up translate image
    A small device used to force your line down to the bottom. It is a small lead weight that is tethered to a stick pushed into your bank. The lead has a small open clip at the top on which you push over your line. The weight is then dropped down under the water, pulling the line down with it. When a fish strikes, the line pulls up and out of the open clip.
    BACKING  look up translate image
    Thin, strong string that is attached to a fly reel to fill up the spool before attaching the fly line. The first segment of line on a reel, usually braided and used to build up the arbor and to offer additional distance for a strong fish to pull out line. An unusually strong fish will take you "into your backing".
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    Angling (fishing) terms
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    Created on 2011-05-01 21:34:38
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