Re: Seeking help with decisions for a fly fishing newbie
I agree about specifics being needed here.
Where are you in the country?
What will you be fishing for, and what do you think you will be catching most often?
What kind of water / terrain do you think you will be dealing with most often?
What time of year will you be fishing and what are the temps?
A good, none-big-name, rod and reel can be had for not a lot of coin. 3-5 mm neoprene waders will keep you dry. ("inexpensive' breathables rarely get decent reviews.) Lines can bit a bit pricy, but they don't break the bank.
$250 - $350 Rod and reel
$50 - $75 line
$75 - $125 Boot footed neoprene waders
+$100 for leaders, tippet, box, some flies, et al ad nausium
Still leaves some space for upgrading
Stop in at the most local fly shop and say "I have this. I want that. What do you suggest?" (The local shop is often a good place for inexpensive, quick lessons on casting.)
Fly fishing CAN be very expensive, but it doesn't NEED to be as expensive as it is made out to be most often.
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