Aboard - On a boat.
Aboard - On a boat.
(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 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 A small fin between the dorsal and tail fin.
Adult The final phase of an insect's life cycle, most often occurring above water for aquatic insects.
Affluent (Stream) A stream or river that flows into a larger one; a Tributary.
Albright knot A common knot used for tying the backing to fly line.
Learn How To Tie an Albright knot
Alevin A newly hatched salmon or trout
Algae Simple plant organisms.
Alphabet lures Wide-body crankbaits that were originally fashioned from wood.
Modern examples include Bomber Model A and the Cotton Cordell Big O.
Anadromous -- 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 Fin located on the bottom and near the back of the fish.
ANCHOR A heavy metal object that keeps boats from drifting.
Anchor buoy 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.
ANGLER - Anyone who fishes using pole or rod and reel.
Angling Usually refers to the recreational catching of fish by means of hook and line; sport fishing; game fishing
Anti-Reverse – 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.
Parts of a spinning reel:
1: Pick up or bail 2: Reel seat 3: Reel foot 4: Handle 5: Support arm 6: Anti-reverse lever 7: Skirted spool 8: Fishing line 9: Drag adjustment knob
Some reels do not have the instant anti reverse feature & there is plenty of "play" in the reel handle. This is bad news and is usually found in "cheaper" fishing reels.
If you do not have instant anti reverse on your reel, then each time you set the hook, the handle will slam back until it stops, "shocking" the gears in your reel. Eventually, your reel will start to deteriorate and then finally, it will break on you.
Antron 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 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.
Arbor knot A knot used for tying backing to the arbor of the fly reel.
Learn How To Tie An Arbor knot
Aroma - A very special smell that is easy to notice.
Artificial Bait rubber worms, etc.
Artificial Lure - 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.
See more deatailed information on Artificial Bait and Lures
Artificial Reef 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 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.
More to come!!
Troy Chabot - Rochester NH