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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:49 am    Post subject: In Game FAQ Reply with quote

Here's the FAQ from the game - might help folks who need to translate it.

FlySim Help FAQ


1. How do I cast?

Use the spacebar to release approximately 40 feet (12 meters) of line.
Place the mouse cursor in the top center of the screen. Pull back in a rapid
motion and wait until the line straightens out behind you.
Before the line touches the ground, move the rod rapidly forward and the
line should roll out onto the water. Watch the side view (top middle) to help your timing.

2. How can I cast further?

You can "shoot" line by pressing the spacebar on the forward stroke.

3. Where should I cast?

If you can see the fish or where they are rising, try casting
in front or upstream of the fish. Remember that you can walk up and down the bank
and look around to find fish. If the fish are not visible, try casting near seams
between fast (white) and slow (blue) water.

4. Why does the line get stuck behind me?

The line can get tangled in the bushes behind you. A rapid back and forth
casting motion will usually release the line. You can also reel
in the line with the right mouse button.");

5. Can I roll cast?

Yes, you can roll cast up to about 50 feet of line.
Place the line in the water in front of you.
Slowly pull back on the mouse to raise the rod until it's behind you,
now push forward in a quick motion and the line should roll out.

Selecting Flies, Tippets, and Weights

6. How do I change my fly?

Select the picture of the fly on the top panel to bring up the fly box
You can select a fly, tippet or weight using this screen.
You start with 3 of each type of fly. If you lose all of the flies of a specific type, the box will turn grey and
you will not be able to select it. The fly box will appear automatically when you lose a fly.

7. Which fly should I use?
Look at the water to see if the fish are rising (you can usually
tell by looking for the splashes). If so, they are feeding on dry flies.
To figure out which type of fly, look in the water in front of you to find the floating insects.
Use the magnifying glass under the rod or the Z key to zoom in.
The hatch chart will help you identify the insect.
Use the fly pattern that most closely matches the insect.

8. When should I use a nymph?

If the fish aren't rising to feed, they are most likely feeding on nymphs.
To identify which nymph they are feeding on, look for insects on the water
and select the nymph form of that insect. If no insects are visible, the fish
are probably feeding on scuds or san juan worms.

9. When should I use a attractor?

Attractors simulate a broader range of insects, but usually will not work as
well as the specific insect. You should use an attractor when you are unsure
of what the fish are feeding on or if you have run out flies that match the insect
the fish are feeding on. Read the fly descriptions to figure out which insects
the flies simulate.

10. Which tippet should I use?

The smaller numbered tippets (1X, 2X) are thicker and less likely to break
The larger numbered tippets (5X, 6X) are thinner and less visible, increasing the chance the fish will strike.
Start with a tippet recommended in the fly description. If you have problems with
breaking, try a thicker tippet (smaller number). If the fish aren't striking, try
a thinner tippet (larger number).

11. Which weight should I use?

Weights can only be used when you have selected a nymph. The weights
will affect the depth of the nymph. When selecting a weight,
#4, #1, and BB are increasing in size. Try different weights to figure out
what depth the fish are feeding at. A green indicator on the line will help
you identify where your nymph is located.


12. Why aren't the fish striking?

-> They don't see your fly
See #3. Where should I cast?"

-> Wrong Fly
The fly should match what the fish are currently feeding on.
See #6. Which fly should I use?", #7. When should I use a nymph?",
and #9. When should I use a attractor?" for more information.

-> Fly Motion
The fish will become suspicious and will not strike if the fly motion
doesn't match the current. Use mending techniques to place upstream
slack in the line, allowing the fly to float unimpeded.

-> Tippet Size
The fish are less likely to strike if the tippet is visible.
See #10. Which tippet should I use?" for more information

-> Wrong Depth
When nymph fishing, your nymph must match depth the fish are feeding at.
See #11. Which weight should I use?" for more information.

-> Spooked fish
Fish may become spooked if you are wading near them or another fish
is hooked nearby. Spooked fish will be less likely to strike, and may
swim away. You can wait for the fish to become less spooked or move
to where the fish are less spooked.

13. The fish are striking but why can't I hook them?

Immediately after the fish strikes, bring the rod up in a rapid motion
to set the hook. The line tension bar can be used as an indicator that
a fish has struck.

14. How do I land the fish?
To land the fish, you need to bring it into the net box (white line box) under the rod.
Raising the rod when the fish is close will frequently bring the fish into the net box.
See "22. How do I land a trophy fish?" for more information.

15. How come the fish are getting away?
If the fish comes off the hook without breaking the tippet, it is usually because there was too much slack in the line.
Try to keep some tension in the line or the fish will come off the hook.
If the line is breaking (your fly box will pop up in this case) see "16. How come the tippet keeps breaking?" below.

16. How come the tippet keeps breaking?

-> Line Tension
The line tension meter appears when a fish is hooked.
Watch the line tension meter carefully and stop reeling in when it rises quickly or the line turns red.
Reeling in locks out the drag so if the fish pulls hard while you are reeling in, the tippet may break.

-> Drag
Drag affects how much force is applied before the line releases from the reel.
If the line breaks while you are not reeling in,lower the drag to reduce the chance of the line breaking.
A higher drag will tire out the fish more quickly.

-> Tippet Size
Try using a thicker tippet (smaller number) to reduce the chances of breaking
See "9. Which tippet should I use?" for more information.

17. Why aren't the fish striking anymore?"

The hatch may have changed and the fish are feeding on something else.
Check the insects again and try a different fly.

You may have scared away all the fish.
Fish may be spooked by other fish being caught, bad casting, or too much movement near them.
You can wait, move somewhere else, or come back another day.

18. Why can't I fish the next destination?
To unlock a destination, you must complete the goals of the previous destination.
Goals are listed in the destination description.

19. How do I check my fish log?
Click the back button to return to the control panel.
Select the Trophy button, then the fish log button to see all the fish you've
Click on the headers to sort (i.e. to sort by weight press
the weight button).

Advanced Techniques

20. How can I improve my casting?
Just like in the real world, good casting takes practice. The following procedure
works well for casts up to around 60 feet (20 meters),
Turn to face the intended target
Release up to 60 feet (20 meters) of line
Center the cursor at the top of the window
Hold the mouse with your fingertips
Place the heel of your hand on the mousepad
Pull the mouse back until it hits the heel of your hand
(rod should be around 20 degrees back)
Wait until the line straightens out (watch top view)
Push mouse rapidly forward, keeping the rod centered left to right
"You should be able to cast up to 60 feet of line with this method.
When you are comfortable with basic casting, use the spacebar to shoot line on the forward cast for more distance.
In some cases, a good mouse or mousepad will help with casting.
As with most computer games, take a occasional break to reduce hand and eye strain.

21. How do I hook a trophy fish?
The later destinations will have more trophy sized fish. Finish the goals of the
earlier destinations to reach destinations with trophy sized fish.

22. How do I land a trophy fish?
Once you've hooked a trophy fish, don't attempt
to pull it in immediately, give it some line and tire it out first. When fighting
the fish, position your rod so you can pull in slack if the fish suddenly
changes direction. The rod responds much quicker than reeling in and is less
likely to result in a broken line. Use the
cursor keys to keep the fish in view, running up and down the bank as necessary.
Stop reeling in if the line color becomes either orange or red to prevent the line from breaking.");


23. I have a trophy fish, how do I get into the hall of fame?
Take note of the weight and check out for information
on the FlySim Hall of Fame and contests.

24. Where can I find the destinations featured in FlySim?
All destinations and their descriptions in this version of FlySim are fabricated.
Any similarities to actual places is unintentional and purely coincidental. For
actual fly fishing destinations, we recommend the South Platte in Colorado.
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