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A fly fisherman is the fellow you've watched from the road, standing in cold water waving his rod in an aerial ballet. Lacking the traditional weight of conventional tackle, he relies instead on timing and rhythm to propel an insect imitation into the fish's view.

Most freshwater fish eat aquatic insects, so fly fishermen craft painstaking replicas of mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies, and armed with the knowledge of their life cycle and availability, attempt to transform a lifeless fake bug into a tasty-looking morsel.

Often a fish caught using fly fishing methods is released when caught. After a little sport and a burst of adrenaline, the quarry is released to grow bigger and more selective, although the fish never grow as fast as when the angler retells the story of their capture.

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