Fly Vs. Spin (2 of 21)
In fly fishing, it's not that much different. You've got a lure attached to a piece of monofilament line, except I can't get this lure very far by itself, it won't pull line off a reel. So, instead, I cast this thick fly line. It has mass, and this is actually what I cast. I cast the line, not the fly. So, the term 'casting a fly' is really a misnomer, you're casting the line. The fly just goes along for the ride.
You can cast farther and cover more water with a lure on a spin rod, but we can imitate the same prey on a fly rod. Because you can't get as much distance with a fly rod, it's more of a stalking game; where you try to get close to the fish and make short, accurate casts. That's part of the excitement of fly fishing. It's a more intimate and challenging way of catching fish in salt water.