Fly Fishing Glossary G's

Fly-Fishing can often be confusing to beginners to the sport because fly-fishermen talk and write in a strange language using words not always in standard use. To help take some of the confusion out of the terms bandied about by fly fishermen we have compiled this glossary. 

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Gaiters Commonly a neoprene anklet or legging put over the top of wading shoes or wading boots and to keep gravel from getting into the shoe and abrading the stocking foot of the wader. These are also called gravel guards.

Gel-spun polyethylene: A synthetic fiber that is extremely thin, supple, slippery, very abrasion resistant, and strong. It is stronger than steel for its size. It is often used as a braided fly line backing where large amounts of backing are needed and space on the reel is limited. Semperfli Nano Silk made from highly special form of GSP giving it extrodinatry strength.

Ghillie A fishing guide in Britain, especially in Scotland, Wales and Ireland where the term originates from the Celts. Check our Guides and Lakes section

Graphite A common material which if formed into fibers and placed in the fiber glass of a fly rod, makes the rod relatively stiff with little increase in weight as compared to fiber glass alone.

GRHE: GRHE Hare's Ear and Flashback flies are a range of subsurface flies that look like bugs even though they do not imitate anything directly. GRHE stands for Gold Ribbed Hares Ears, becase the fly is tied with hair from the ear of a hare and have a gold wire rib

Grilse An young, not-sexually mature Atlantic salmon. Salmon fly fishing will result in catching Grilse as well as mature fish

Grip The cork handle of a fly rod, generally made of cork rings shaped in several different ways, including a cigar grip, full-wells grip, half-wells grip, superfine grip.

Grizzly The coloration pattern of fly tying capes from a specially bred chicken with barred black and white "V" pattern. Very popular for many flies because it may create the illusion of motion.

Guide (1) Metal rings, usually bent pieces of wire along the length of the fly rod to ease the release of line during casting and to distribute the stress of a fish along the entire length of the rod.(2) a fishing guide is knowledgeable fisherman who shows fishermen where to fish and instructs them in the art of fly fishing.

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