What can fly fishing games teach you about fly fishing? If that fishing game is Real World Fly Fishing, you can learn a lot about fly fishing techniques from it. Specifically,
- improving your fish spotting skills
- how to play a big fish without losing it
- how to do overhand casting
- choosing the best fly to match the hatch
- how to tie your own flies for use in the game
- different types of fish behavior
- other fly fishing skills that transfer to the real world.
While Flysim advertises casting dynamics based on physics, Real World Fly Fishing or RWFF will teach you overhand casting that produces a good loop and roll casting. While more difficult, side casting can be done. One of the things I like about RWFF is the practice I get fish spotting. Now I have been fly fishing for 40 years. But over the years skills become rusty. I have a rule to start fishing close to me (about 3 to 4 feet and working out so as to not spook fish farther out.) In this one Scottish Highlands stream there is a site where a little 8 inch rainbow was hiding in the moss about 3 feet in front of where I was standing. Out of the corner of my eye, I would see movement. Standing still, I just watched the moss bed. Finally there was the tip of a tail moving gently in the current. Casting upstream, I got a drift into the right feed lane and hooked this little guy. Have not seen a fish in that moss bed since. This is how Real World Fly Fishing works to train your eyes to be observant.
Another aspect of this fly fishing game, it requires accurate fly casting to sighted fish to catch them. By targeted, I mean you have to drift within a foot or so to get them to move to take the dry fly or nymph. The streams in the game have definite currents and feed lanes. If you miss the feed lane, no fish. Also placement of fish is realistic. Rainbows will most often be found in faster water while browns will be found in deeper pools, on the bottom or in slower water.
Fish behavior is realistic too. If there is a hatch going on and you slap the water a couple of time with the fly line, a lot of the fish will stop feeding for a while. The first scene in the West Fork of the Wandering River is a prime example of this behavior. The same holds true if you do a sloppy cast near a feeding fish. Fish don’t always appear in the same spots in the river either. They are moved around. (The Polis River has a steelhead run that happened in the fall one year I played the game. But this steelhead run has not happened in the same way since.)
For each site in the game, you can choose your fishing tackle. The rod weight, strike indicator yes or no, spit shot yes or no and where each will be placed from the fly. You can choose from a wide variety of flies or tie your own. Use fly floatant or dressing and set the drag on the reel before fishing. These are all skills you would use on a real stream.
You practice them in real world fly-fishing. Read “Successful Fly Fishing For Trout“, take the skills described in the book and practice in the game. (fish spotting, accurate fly casting, practice different types of casting, mending line to stay in the feeding lane, choosing a fly to match the hatch) You can also practice fly tying your own flies in that section of the game
There are other fly fishing games but none like Real World Fly Fishing Game. Fly-fishing Virtual Reality at its best.
(When RWFF is running the water has currents, the fish fight, the reel hums as the fish pulls out line. Just like the real thing.)
- Fly Fishing DVD
- Fly Fishing Lesson